Man Jumps From Galveston-Based Cruise Ship, Search Underway: Carnival Cruise Officials

The incident happened several hours after the ship departed from Galveston on Thursday evening

A search is underway for a 26-year-old passenger who officials say jumped from a Carnival cruise ship balcony Thursday night, the cruise line says.

The man jumped from his stateroom balcony on the Carnival Dream at about 8:45 p.m., according to NBC affiliate KPRC.

The ship was about 47 miles southeast of Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico when the man went missing, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Officials were searching for the man.

Carnival Cruise Line released the following statement:

Thursday evening, a guest went overboard from Carnival Dream while the ship was sailing from Galveston. Based on camera footage, it appears the guest jumped from his stateroom balcony. The ship's command promptly began search and rescue procedures, returned to the area near where the incident occurred and notified the U.S. Coast Guard, which is sending a helicopter to assist in the search. The onboard CareTeam is assisting the guest's family.

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