Search launched after man jumps from Carnival cruise ship off Florida

Carnival Elation (file)

MELBOURNE, Fla. – A 30-year-old man jumped off a Carnival cruise ship Sunday off Florida, prompting a search by the U.S. Coast Guard, officials said. WKMG in Orlando is reporting that the Coast Guard said the man was on the Carnival Elation and went overboard about 95 miles east of Melbourne.

Carnival Cruise Line on Monday released a statement, saying the man jumped off the ship while it was returning to Jacksonville, Florida.t

The Coast Guard put out a photo on social media of the man they say went overboard, Jaylen Hill, 30.

“The crew was notified by his traveling companion late (Sunday) afternoon about his missing status after he had not been seen all day,” the cruise line said. “Sadly, after an exhaustive on-board search and a review of security camera video it was determined that he jumped.”

Carnival said shoreside authorities were notified about the incident, and the ship’s crew was advised to continue to Jacksonville.

“The Carnival Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts are with them and the guest,” the cruise line said.

Carnival Elation was on a four-day trip to the Bahamas and returned to its homeport of Jacksonville on Monday morning.

No other information has been released.

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