A Carnival cruise passenger jumped overboard off the coast of Louisiana and has not been found


The US Coast Guard is looking for a passenger who reportedly jumped overboard a Carnival Cruise ship.

Multiple news outlets reported on the incident.

According to a local news outlet, the incident occurred on Wednesday as the Carnival Valor ship was cruising to New Orleans from Cozumel, Mexico.

The passenger, who appears to be a 32-year old woman, jumped into the water 150 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

In a tweet, Intel Point Alert wrote: "Passengers report seeing an individual jump from an upper deck." The breaking news informant added that eyewitnesses saw "a woman place on a life vest before intentionally jumping."

In a statement to Insider, Carnival wrote: "Carnival Valor supported the search for a guest who jumped overboard from her balcony on Wednesday afternoon while the ship was at sea. The ship's command immediately began search and rescue procedures, returned to the area near where the incident occurred and notified the US Coast Guard."

It added: "Carnival's CARE team is providing support to the guest's husband who was traveling with her, as well as her family."

Coast Guard officials took over the search effort and released Carnival Valor on Wednesday evening. Our thoughts are with our guest's family.

Johnny Trupp, a passenger aboard the ship, tweeted a video of a lifebuoy that was thrown into the water along with a flare with red smoke coming out of it.

Another passenger can be heard in the background of the video asking: "How often do they find people that jump off cruise ships? Never?"

The news follows a separate incident in which another Carnival cruise passenger fell overboard last December. In that case, the woman fell from the ship's balcony near the coast of Ensenada, Mexico, according to the US Coast Guard.

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