Search Underway for Woman Who Leapt From Cruise Ship
Carnival Ecstasy was in the Bahamas at the time
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2016 10:41 AM CDT
The Carnival Cruise ship Ecstasy sits a the dock Monday, July 2, 2007, in Cozumel, Mexico.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen)

(Newser) – A 32-year-old woman "was witnessed jumping overboard" from the 11th deck of a Carnival cruise ship before dawn Wednesday, the cruise line says in a statement to CBS News. The Ecstasy was about 15 miles off the coast of the island of Grand Bahama at the time, and the US Coast Guard is now searching for the passenger in the Bahamas. The ship had left the Bahamas on its way to Charleston, South Carolina, when the woman jumped around 2:30am, and the Coast Guard allowed it to continue heading to Charleston at 9am. No other details about the woman were released, but she apparently has family aboard the ship.