UPDATE: Carnival Cruise Lines says the unaccounted-for 28-year-old man, Tyler Barnett of Houma, apparently jumped from the ship. In a statement released Tuesday evening, Carnival said, “The Carnival Glory security team has confirmed that after multiple reviews of the shipboard surveillance video, it appears that the guest reported missing on Monday jumped from the ship’s Deck 4 at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. He can be seen climbing on a lifeboat and jumping from there. Only on Tuesday were we advised of the possibility of him wearing a different shirt, which allowed our security team to change the profile of the guest as we searched onboard video. We have informed the U.S. Coast Guard and are providing assistance to the guest’s family that was traveling with him who are still on board. We will not be releasing the guest’s name or any other personal information. Carnival Glory will arrive to Montego Bay, Jamaica on Wednesday as planned.”
UPDATE: The Coast Guard continues to search for an unaccounted-for 28-year-old man from the Carnival Glory cruise ship.
The unaccounted-for man has been identified by family members as Tyler Barnett of Houma, Louisiana.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report around 12:40 p.m. from Carnival Cruise Line that they had an unaccounted-for passenger. Carnival reported he was last seen on security camera at approximately midnight Monday morning.
Coast Guard District Eight watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew and an Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Super Hercules aircrew to conduct searches of a roughly 200-mile area following the path of the ships voyage.
Due to severe weather conditions and safety concerns, search efforts were paused overnight.
As of Tuesday morning, an Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry resumed search efforts.
The Coast Guard will continue searching as weather conditions permit.
The United States Coast Guard has confirmed that they are currently searching the Gulf of Mexico for a Houma man who went missing from the Carnival Glory cruise ship. The Coast Guard said they were notified Monday afternoon of a 28-year-male passenger who was unaccounted for on the cruise liner.
After the crew of the Carnival Glory searched and could not locate the missing passenger aboard the ship, the Coast Guard launched two aircraft which conducted searches into Monday evening.
The Coast Guard said crews are currently searching a large area of more than 200 miles of the ship’s voyage path due to the uncertainty of the potential time of the man falling overboard. Broadcasts and messages were also issued to mariners in the Gulf of Mexico notifying them of the missing passenger.
The Coast Guard issued an update early Tuesday morning and said that dangerous weather conditions in the search area have negatively impacted their search efforts. Current Gale conditions and 8-12’ seas temporarily paused active search efforts overnight. As soon as it is safe to do so, they are planning to launch additional search assets.
KQKI News will monitor the the latest developments and will update the story here as more information becomes available.