Authorities are urgently searching the waters of the Gulf of Mexico after Tyler Barnett, 28, allegedly jumped off of a Carnival cruise ship on Monday (November 13).
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at approximately 12:40 p.m. informing them that a passenger from the Carnival Glory cruise ship was unaccounted for.
According to the itinerary, the ship was scheduled to stop at the Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico, before returning to New Orleans on Sunday.
“The unaccounted-for man has been identified by family members as Tyler Barnett of Houma, Louisiana,” read a statement from the United States Coast Guard released on Tuesday.
“Carnival reported he was last seen on security camera at approximately midnight Monday morning.”
Matt Lupoli, senior manager of public relations for Carnival Cruise Line, released a statement saying Carnival Glory’s security team reviewed footage that showed Barnett jumped from the fourth deck of the ship at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Monday.
“He can be seen climbing on a lifeboat and jumping from there,” the statement read.
The United States Coast Guard District Eight watchstanders immediately launched a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew and an Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Super Hercules aircrew to conduct searches of “a roughly 200-mile area following the path of the ship’s voyage,” authorities confirmed.
This is extremely sad and my prayers go out to the family of Tyler Barnett.
Source: ABC News