A woman has gone overboard from a CCL-Carnival Cruise Line ship balcony into the Pacific Ocean early Saturday morning, December 11, spurring ongoing international search efforts.
The accident, which happened close to the coast of Ensenada (Baja California Mexico) aboard Carnival Miracle, occurred shortly after 3:00 a.m. and was captured on security footage, the U.S.C.G. (Coast Guard) revealed. Passengers were notified shortly after.
The Carnival Miracle ship came to a near-complete stop ~3:30 a.m. as the crew dropped a lifeboat into the water.
The USCG crews are currently working with the Mexican Navy to locate the missing woman (reportedly in her 20s).
According to Carnival, the Miracle ship had been released after assisting with the search and continued to Ensenada, which is a 90-minute drive from the Mexico-USA border.
NOTE: At CruiseMapper's tracker for the ship you can see the maneuvers off Ensenada on Dec 11th.
The liner will return to homeport Los Angeles (Long Beach, California USA) as scheduled on Sunday morning, December 12. Carnival Miracle departed LA on December 9 for the 4-day roundtrip to Ensenada.
Carnival Miracle has max capacity 2549 passengers plus 934 crew-staff. The boat is homeported in Long Beach (LA), San Francisco and San Diego and visits destinations in Alaska, Hawaii and Pacific Mexico. Itineraries range from 2- to 10+ days.
For more Carnival Miracle incidents and accidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.