The search for a 26-year-old man who fell from a Galveston-based cruise ship on Thursday evening continued into Friday night, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard had removed all its boats and helicopters from the search area Friday evening because of inclement weather, according to the coast guard.

The Coast Guard began searching for the man after he was reported missing from the Carnival Dream at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday. At the time, the ship was was 47 miles southeast of Galveston.

In a statement, Carnival said the man appeared to have jumped into the water from his stateroom balcony.

A Coast Guard helicopter and airplane were dispatched to the area where the man went missing. The cruise ship and a nearby cargo vessel also helped in the search, officials said.

The Coast Guard released Carnival from search efforts on Thursday evening and the ship continued on to its next destination, the company said. The Carnival Dream left from the Port of Galveston on Thursday for its Caribbean destination.

A company care team was assisting the man’s family, who were on board the ship, the company said.

The Carnival Dream regularly travels on four-day and five-day cruises in the Eastern Caribbean.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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(5) comments

Mary Gillespie

I've taken a lot of cruises on many different cruise lines, and I don't believe there is any way to "fall" off a cruise ship accidentally. You have to climb up onto a railing in to fall off.

Bill Cochrane

Even though the headline says "fell" the story says "jumped". Reporters write the story but the editors write the headline.

Gehrig Boone

Yes and no one proof reads the final draft. People rely on Spell-Checker too often.

Doug Sivyer

Good Point Gehrig.

Doug Sivyer

Well, sad to say but by now I'm sure the sharks have eaten him.

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