US Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a missing passenger from the Croisières de France cruise ship Horizon suspected of going overboard in the Caribbean Sea Monday morning, approximately 16 nautical miles south of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Missing is Dominic William O’Carroll, a 67-year-old Irish citizen, who reportedly was travelling unaccompanied aboard the Horizon and was found to be missing following a passenger count, after a crew member reported seeing an object going overboard early Monday morning.
The Horizon was travelling from La Romana, Dominican Republic to the island of St. Maarten. William O’Carroll reportedly was last sighted by security cameras in several locations aboard the cruise ship prior to the incident.
Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received notification of the incident from the Horizon at approximately 5 am local time Monday.
A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched and the Coast Guard Cutter Drummond was diverted to search for the missing passenger.
Image: Croisières de France