Several news stations are reporting that a 31 year old man went overboard last night from the Carnival Fascination cruise ship. 

Newspapers are reporting that a Carnival crew member observed the passenger jumping off the top deck of the ship into the water.  The ship had left Jacksonville around 5:00 P.M and was heading to Key West. The ship was 25 miles off the Coast of Florida near Volusia County.

The incident reportedly occurred around 2 a.m. 

A Carnival spokesperson said that the crew threw life rings into the water and the ship then turned back Carnival Fascination Cruise Ship Overboard Passenger - Jump?to the location where the man went overboard.

Bay News 9 reports that the Coast Guard deployed considerable resources in searching for the man, including the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, the 154-foot Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, a Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter, the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

No information has been released regarding why the man jumped, if that is really what happened.

Given the late hour, one of the things that I would inquire about is whether the passenger was drinking alcohol.  I would request the ship’s records regarding the passenger’s on board purchases to see how many drinks he purchased. There is a 100% certainty that Carnival’s lawyers in Miami have already looked at this information, as well as any CCTV images of the passenger on the ship.

As usual, there is a spirited debate about the story at the CruiseCritic boards, with one member suggesting that the case was not a suicide but involved the passenger allegedly running away from a security guard and jumping overboard with a life ring.  Can’t verify this of course.

Anyone on the cruise ship have accurate information?

  • Rachelle Dandridge

    I was a passenger on this ship when it happened. We were awaken by an alarming announcement that this passenger had gone overboard and we were very shaken up. This was me and my husband’s first cruise and was surprised that something like this would happen. I will keep the family of this passenger in my prayers.

  • Quiche Jones

    My family was on this ship as well. I saw several flashing lights in the ocean and a constant ship flood light sweeping the ocean that nite from my port window. I was not sure what was happening until morning when we heard the devastaing news. My prayers for this family.

  • Samantha

    I was on this ship as well and yes the announcement was very nerve shaking. I talked to someone who talked with a couple of people that were with him and said he had a tendency to get crazy after drinking and he was supposed to be deployed to Afghanistan in January. I was also told he jumped from one deck to another before jumping overboard. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Krystal DuPont

    I was also on this ship. I am a 12 year old girl. I was scared to death and because it happened on my first cruise at 2 in the morning the announcement was very alarming and scary. I never expected this to happen on my cruise, and my room was on the empress deck and the search and rescue lights were lit up on my window and when I looked out the window I realized we were turned around and I could also feel it too. Poor Sargent kemp. My aunt went to guest services and they said it had to be done and when Eric the director made the announcement saying some one went overboard I was shocked and scared. No one in my family knew what “bravo bravo port side” meant because it was ALL of our first cruise.