USCG identified the passenger who ‘jumped overboard’ on the Elation’s way back to Jacksonville as 30-year-old Jaylen Hill. The search for a male Carnival Cruise passenger who allegedly jumped from the ship was suspended Monday night, the U.S. Coast Guard announced, reports Fox Business.
Described as the final update in the search, the USCG Southeast said District 7 suspended search efforts for 30-year-old Jaylen Hill pending any further developments. Hill was a passenger on the Carnival Elation cruise ship and went overboard Sunday approximately 95 miles east of Melbourne, Florida.
USCG cutter and aircraft crews searched more than 1,347 square miles for Hill, the branch said.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the Hill family,” Petty Officer Eric Rodriguez, D7, said on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Our crews take our life saving mission very seriously. Any time we can’t bring a loved one home to their family is a pain we all feel.”
The ship had been cruising on a path towards Jacksonville, Florida, when a male guest “jumped overboard,” Carnival Cruise Line told FOX Business in a statement.
“The crew was notified by his traveling companion late in the afternoon about his missing status after he had not been seen all day. Sadly, after an exhaustive search and a review of security camera footage it was determined that he jumped,” the statement continued.
The Coast Guard for the 7th District identified the missing guest as Hill late Monday afternoon.
Carnival Cruise Line said the Elation was “advised to continue to Jacksonville” after informing authorities of the situation on Sunday. It reached that destination the following morning.
“The Carnival Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts are with them and the guest,” Carnival also told FOX Business.
The crews involved in the search come from “air stations Miami, Clearwater & Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon,” the Coast Guard said Monday morning.
The Carnival Elation, the 855-foot ship where the missing man had been a guest, first set sail in the late 90s. It typically sails from Jacksonville to the Bahamas for trips lasting 2-5 days, Carnival’s website said.
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Source: Fox Business