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Carnival Ecstasy Overboard
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Woman, 32, Reportedly Jumped in Bahamas September 7, 2016

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Carnival Ecstasy Overboard
Charleston, SC Cruise Passenger

Woman, 32, Reportedly Jumped in Bahamas September 7, 2016

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016 the United States Coast Guard (USCG) reported they are searching for woman who went overboard from the Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Ecstasy deck 11 around 0230 hours this morning.

The woman, Rina Patel, of Interlaken, New York, age 32, who embarked from Charleston, South Carolina, was wearing a white dress with a pink floral design, the USCG reported. The ship was en route from Nassau, Bahamas, to Charleston, South Carolina, at the time.

Patel has been reported to be a Regional Sales Manager at Quik Shoppe & Happy Landing Stores. An online profiles says, she graduated with a bachelor's in business administration from Baylor University's Hankmer School of Business.

Carnival Ecstasy was about 15 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama island at the time the woman was reportedly seen jumping overboard, according to a Carnival spokesperson.

The Ithaca Voice reported Patel was with family members on deck when she jumped. Due to this information, Cruise Bruise is treating the death as suspicious, until further information is available from the FBI. The FBI will be investigating this case.

A Carnival representative released the following statement, "Early this morning, a 32-year-old female guest was witnessed jumping overboard from the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy. The ship was approximately 15 miles off the coast of Grand Bahama island. Man overboard procedures were initiated immediately along with notification to the U.S. Coast Guard. Cruise ship personnel have been participating in the search and rescue operation throughout the morning. At 9 a.m., USCG released the cruise ship to resume its course for Charleston. USCG remains on site to continue the search. The company’s CareTeam is providing assistance and support to the missing guest’s family on board and our thoughts and prayers are with her and family and loved ones during this difficult time."

Carnival Ecstasy left Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, September 3 for a five-night Labor Day holiday, celebration cruise. After two days at sea, Ecstasy arrived on Monday September 5 at Half Moon Cay, then arriving at Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday before sailing back towards Charleston with two days at sea for a Thursday morning disembarkation.

As of noon on Thursday, September 8, 2016 the USCG was still searching the ocean in the Bahamas for Patel.

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

"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."

Coast Guard officials said they covered 2,800 square miles during a 43-hour period.

Earlier this year, Samantha Broberg, 33, from Arlington, Texas went missing on Friday, May 13, 2016, from Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Liberty while the cruise ship was sailing towards Cozumel, Mexico.

This is the second time a woman boarded a cruise connected to the port of Charleston and jumped overboard on a Bahamas cruise this past year. Kaylyn Rose Sommer, 24, from Charleston, South Carolina was a cruise ship passenger aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Pearl on Thursday, November 12, 2015 when she went overboard from the 11th deck around 7pm while the ship was 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba.

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