US Coast Guard stops search for tourist who fell overboard from cruise ship

The US Coast Guard has suspended its search for a tourist who fell overboard from a cruise ship while in the Caribbean.

The official Twitter account for the St Jude cruise ship, which operates between the US and Puerto Rico, posted a message to its 76,000 Twitter followers on Tuesday night.

“The Coast Guard has suspended their search for a guest who fell overboard from ST JUDE, today, Friday August 18th. The search is now considered a recovery mission. All resources we mobilized are currently focused on recovering the guest from the water. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Statement from U.S. Coast Guard #stjude 4 Aug, 2021 pic.twitter.com/4ez8tW7dxK — ST JUDE (@STJUDE) August 23, 2021

The cruise ship is currently about 65 miles from Venezuela and was en route to Cuba, according to its website.

The passenger was described as being in his 30s, according to a statement issued by the Coast Guard. A 30-foot vessel was found near his body and searched for a possible means of returning the man to the coast.

The cruise line did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The St Jude cruise ship sails every summer with about 500 passengers between the US and the British Virgin Islands.

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