Coast Guard suspends search for Virginia Tech student in the Bahamas
MIAMI – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a cruise ship passenger who reportedly went overboard from a 6th deck balcony early Sunday morning. Cameron Smook, a 21-year-old student at Virginia Tech, reportedly fell overboard from the Carnival Glory approximately 5 miles south of Abaco Island, Bahamas. Upon notification from the cruise ship, the Coast Guard launched an Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew who was forward deployed to the Atlantic Underwater Testing Center in the Bahamas.
The crew of the Miami-based Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber and an Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew also took part in search efforts during the three-day search for Mr. Smook. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Smook family during this very difficult time. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to locate Cameron,” said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, Chief of Response Management for the Coast Guard 7th District. The Carnival Glory was on a seven-day cruise out of the Port of Miami. The following crews and assets assisted in the search:
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber Carnival Glory Carnival Ecstasy Royal Bahamian Defense Force Search efforts covered more than 3,600 square nautical miles over a three-day period. The Coast Guard did not provide an estimate of the cost of the search operation for this lost college student and customarily simply figures in all rescue efforts as part of its budget without any anticipated recovery of those costs.
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From Cruise Critic: January 16, 2013
(Update, 10:00 a.m. EST) – Carnival Cruise Lines has imposed an official 15 alcoholic drink limit on its Cheers! beverage program. According to a Carnival spokesman, “Guests are limited to 15 drinks total within the 24 hour period, which runs from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Sodas and other applicable nonalcoholic beverages will remain unlimited and will not be counted toward the 15 alcoholic beverage limit.” (December 21, 11:46 a.m. EST) — Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded the Cheers! program to more ships — Carnival Glory, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend and Carnival Conquest. The package is now available on 13 of the cruise line’s ships.(November 26, 2012, 1:35 p.m. EST) — Carnival Cruise Lines has renamed and expanded its all-you-can-drink alcohol package to Carnival Dream, bringing the number of ships offering the program to four.Launched in August, the “My Awesome Bar Program” is now the “Cheers!” program and was rolled out to Carnival Dream last week. Other than the name change, the only difference between the My Awesome Bar Program and Cheers! is it now includes a 25 percent discount on bottled water.The beverage package, which was originally launched on Carnival Victory, is also available on Carnival Splendor and Carnival Breeze. The pre-cruise cost for the program is $42.95, per person, per day, (if one adult in a cabin purchases the package, all adults over 21 years old in that cabin must purchase). Purchasers can select from a variety of wine, beer and spirits, up to a 15-drink maximum per day. All included beverages, such as wines by the glass, beers and individual cocktails, must cost less than $10.
The Brazilian navy is searching for a man who fell from a cruise ship carrying Mexican World Cup soccer fans, Mexico’s ambassador to the South American country said Thursday. “I am going to make history, i am going to stop the cruise” were the last words of the young man, according to Eva Meza, journalist, who was witness of the event. According to Eva the young man was drunk and the jump he made caught all his friends by surprise.
An American tourist daredevil jumps off a cruise ship from the deck while the ship is moving slowly past a beach on Grand Turk Island (Turks and Caicos Islands). The jump was about 50-60 feet and captured on his GoPro camera. Witnesses reported him to local police, leading him to be detained, then booted off the vessel, then promptly flown home – sadly bringing his vacation to a sudden end. Lesson learned don’t jump ship, at least not a cruise ship!
From shooter “the jump took place on the Grand Turk Islands. The jump was roughly 50 to 60 feet. And I went underwater maybe 20 feet or so. It was maybe a 15 minute swim to shore. I was then escorted by the local police back to the crew ship. Where they then brought me into a small room and told me that I was going to have to disembark the ship immediately. They kicked me off and I had to spend a couple days on the island. They then flew me home the next day.”