United States Coast Guard crews are searching for a 30-year-old man who reportedly jumped over the railing of the Bahamas Cruise Ship Celebration early Sunday morning, 27-miles east of Delray Beach, Florida.
James Miller of Charleston, South Carlina reportedly went overboard early Sunday.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District in Miami received notification from the Celebration at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday.
Coast Guard Sector Miami issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched Station Lake Worth Inlet, Florida smallboat crewmembers to search the area for the person in the water. A Coast Guard cutter and two air crews were also launched from Coast Guard Air Station Miami to assist in the search.
The cruise ship docked in West Palm Beach, Florida at 9 A.M. and got underway enroute to Freeport, Bahamas at approximately 6:30 P.M. (local time).
This case is currently under investigation by the FBI.
Assisting in the search are:
- The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin, a 87-foot patrol boat, homeported in Fort Pierce, Florida
- An MH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.
- A HC-144 Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.
USCG, April 28, 2014