Woman falls overboard of Carnival cruise ship off Mexico


Woman fell from Carnival cruise line ship’s balcony and into the Pacific Ocean early Saturday, spurring an international search effort.

The incident, which occurred shortly after 3 a.m. aboard a Carnival Miracle ship near Ensenada, Mexico, was captured on security video, the US Coast Guard said. Passengers were notified shortly after, said passenger Josh Zufelt.

The ship came to a near halt around 3.30am as crew members dropped a lifeboat into the water, Zufelt said.

Coast Guard crews are working with members of the Mexican Navy to locate the woman, who appeared to be in her 20s.

Carnival Cruise Line said the ship was released after helping with the search and continuing to Ensenada, about a 90-minute drive from the US border.

“Our hearts are with the guest and their family, and our care team is supportive,” Carnival said in a statement.

The ship was due to return to Long Beach as scheduled Sunday morning, the cruise line said.

According to the company’s website, the Carnival Miracle accommodates more than 2,100 guests and 934 crew members. He sails from Long Beach, San Diego and San Francisco to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. The trips are from two to more than 10 days.

Bill Plume contributed.