Coast Guard searching for missing cruise passenger who went overboard off Florida

CBS Miami
CBS Miami

(CBS) MIAMI - U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a 21-year-old Tennessee woman who fell off a cruise ship Sunday into the Atlantic Ocean off Florida, CBS Miami reports.

Royal Caribbean said in a statement that the Allure of the Seas was bound for Nassau, the Bahamas, on a seven-night cruise when "a guest witnessed another guest going overboard" at about 9:25 p.m. Sunday.

The ship's captain stopped, turned around and alerted the U.S. and Bahamian Coast Guard as the ship's crew reviewed surveillance footage of "a 21-year-old female guest from the United States going overboard."

Two other nearby cruise ships, the Carnival Fascination and Majesty of the Sea, were called in to assist with the search. The U.S. Coast guard took charge early Monday, and the three ships returned to their scheduled routes.

The Coast Guard said the missing passenger was from Bartlett, Tenn., but did not provide other details. The Coast Guard asked that anyone with information on the missing person contact the 7th Coast Guard District search and rescue coordinators at 305-415-6800.