Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Carnival Passenger

   September 9, 2016 ,   Accidents

The Coast Guard suspended the search for a woman from New York who went overboard from Carnival Ecstasy in the waters off Bahamas.

32-year-old Rina Patel, of Interlaken, NY, was seen jumping from the ship on September 7. The Ecstasy was about 15 miles off Grand Bahama, according to the cruise line.

Image: abcnews.go.com (the deck pictured on Carnival Ecstasy is where witnesses allegedly saw the 32-year-old woman jump overboard)

The Coast Guard said the search was suspended at 7:32 p.m. Thursday.

"We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and all that have been affected by this tragedy," said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard's 7th District. "Suspending search efforts is always a painful decision, but despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate Rina and have made the difficult decision to suspend the search pending any further developments."

According to Coast Guard officials, they covered 2,800 sq.miles during a 43-hour period.

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