Search suspended for overboard cruise ship passenger

File photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard

MIAMI (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search in the Bahamas for a New York woman who went overboard from a cruise ship.

According to the Miami Herald Capt. Todd Coggeshall with the Coast Guard’s 7th District said in a statement Thursday night that the “difficult decision” had been made to halt the search pending any further developments.

Rina Patel, 32, of Interlaken, New York, was reported missing Wednesday. The Coast Guard said she had been on the 11th deck of the Carnival Ecstasy as the ship passed near the island of Grand Bahama. Carnival Cruise Line reported she apparently jumped overboard.

Coast Guard aircraft and two ships assisted in the search.

The cruise ship had left Nassau, Bahamas, and was en route to Charleston, South Carolina.

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