Brandon Lopez

Coast Guard Suspends Search For An Overboard Cruise Ship Passenger

Coast Guard officials said Saturday that they have suspended their search for an overboard cruise ship passenger.

Officials said they received a call at about 5 a.m. Friday about a passenger who went overboard the Carnival Victory.

The passenger was identified as 26-year-old Thomas McElhany.

Officials said McElhany went overboard about 35 miles south of Islamorada.

“I have been in contact with members of Mr. McElhany’s family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them,” said Cmdr. David Aldous of the Coast Guard. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.”

Crews searched for approximately 32 hours covering more than 2,000 miles.

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