NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY/WFLA) — Carnival Cruise Line is reporting that a man was overboard on the Carnival Magic cruise ship as it was returning to the port of Norfolk, Virginia.
Carnival Magic reported a man overboard to the U.S. Coast Guard who was “reported missing by his companions late Monday afternoon,” according to a statement from the cruise line.
The statement went on to say that a review of the ship’s security footage “confirms that he leaned on the railing of the cabin balcony and fell into the water at approximately 4:10 a.m. Monday morning.”
A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said the incident occurred off the coast of Florida.
The incident happened 186 miles east of Jacksonville, according to the USCG Southeast Twitter account. The passenger is said to be a 35-year-old man.
Carnival Cruise Line said the Coast Guard released the ship from search and rescue efforts and directed the captain to return to Norfolk port.
However, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to use air and sea crews to search for the missing passengers.
Passengers also confirmed the report as they disembarked in Norfolk on Tuesday morning.
Carnival Care Team said it was providing support to the man’s companion and his party traveling on the boat at this time.