Published On: Thu, Sep 8th, 2016

US Coast Guard searching for cruise ship passenger 27 miles southwest of Bahamas

US Coast GuardMIAMI - The US Coast Guard is searching for a woman who reportedly went overboard on Wednesday from the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship approximately 27 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas.

Missing is Rina Patel, 32, from Interlaken, New York.

Watchstanders with the 7th Coast Guard District command center received notification from the Carnival Ecstasy crew that a 32-year-old woman was reportedly seen going overboard at approximately 2:30 am on Wednesday from the 11th deck wearing a white dress with pink floral.

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet crew are assisting in the search.

The Carnival Ecstasy's last port of call was in Nassau, Bahamas, on Tuesday. Its next port of call is scheduled to be in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday.

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