Another tragic event for the cruise line industry. There always seems to be plenty of work for cruise ship accident lawyers.
According to reports by cruise ship accident lawyers, the FBI says a couple that was aboard a Carnival cruise ship has disappeared and presumed to have gone overboard, their names have not been released. The couple was reported to be a 90 year old man and his 79 year old wife.
The couple it has been reported left from Long Beach on Monday and when the ship docked on Friday they were no longer aboard the cruise ship. Investigators have stated the ships crew last saw the couple on Tuesday evening at approximately 7:45 p.m.
According to FBI spokes person Laura Eimiller the ship left Long Beach with 2,052 passengers and was in route to Santa Catalina Island and then to Ensenada Mexico. FBI investigators boarded the ship and were interviewing passengers after Carnaval Cruise Line contacted them when the couple was found to be missing. An evidence response team boarded the ship to collect evidence from the couples stateroom that was found to be double locked from the inside with a “do not disturb” sign on the doorknob. The couple’s personal belongings were found in the room and the door to the balcony unlocked.
According to Petty Officer 2nd Class of the Coast Guard Prentice Danner, the Coast Guard was conducting a search for the couple from Ensenada, Mexico to Catalina Island and then to Long Beach. The Petty Officer stated no boats would be used due to the expansive area that was to be searched for the couple.
The Coast Guard search has since been halted after searching with no results and they have alerted ships captains in the area to the missing couple.
In a statement by Carnival Cruise Line spokes person Jennifer de la Cruz they have no knowledge if the man and his wife had gotten off the cruise ship at either the Catalina or Ensenada stops.