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Search on after cruise passenger apparently jumps ship off Florida

FT LAUDERDALE – The U.S. Coast Guard has taken over the search for a man who went overboard off Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, CBS Miami reports.

The Doral based company issued a statement Thursday morning stating:

“We are saddened to report a guest onboard Independence of the Seas was witnessed intentionally going overboard from deck 12 at 1:45 a.m.The ship immediately alerted local authorities and turned around to help search for our guest. Two of the ship’s lifeboats and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search.”

The 22-year-old man reportedly jumped from the 12th deck of the ship when it was approximately 33 miles southeast of Key Largo.

Royal Caribbean said the ship was on the last leg of a four night cruise, and returning to Port Everglades, when the passenger jumped ship.

In September, a 32-year-old woman reportedly fell from the 11th deck of the Carnival Ecstasy off the coast of the Bahamas.