Coast Guard Suspends Search for Passenger Who Fell Off Cruise Ship

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The Coast Guard on Sunday evening suspended the search for a Texas man who reportedly fell from a cruise ship 40 miles off the Florida coast.

Coast Guard officials said they halted their search for David Mossman, 46, following an “exhaustive” effort that covered 2,583 square nautical miles with helicopters, ships and airplanes.

Mossman fell approximately 100 feet to the water from Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas about 11 p.m. Friday, 40 miles south of Key Largo’s Carysfort Reef Light, the crew told the Coast Guard early Saturday. A Coast Guard Cutter Gannet, an Air Station Miami MH-65 helicopter and a HC-144 plane were employed to look for Mossman.

“We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mossman as the decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation,” said Chris Eddy, search-and-rescue technical specialist at the Coast Guard 7th District. “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and an exhaustive search, our crews were unable to locate him.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Trevor Hughes