A young woman fell into the Pacific Ocean off a Carnival Cruise Line ship

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A woman who appeared to be in her 20s fell off a Carnival Cruise Line ship from a fifth-floor balcony into the Pacific Ocean early Saturday morning near the coast of Ensenada, Mexico. The incident occurred shortly after 3 a.m. and was captured on security footage. Passengers were notified shortly after. 2-deck vessel. CBS reports that investigators do suspect foul play. “There’s some high suspicion of foul play,” said Daniel Miranda, a firefighter paramedic who was a passenger on board the ship. Crew members of Carnival Miracle ship dropped a lifeboat into the water and rescue search began with the participation of the Coast Guard. The ship continued on to Ensenada, about a 90-minute drive from the U.S. border. The Carnival Miracle cruise ship holds more than 2,100 guests and 934 crew members. Authorities were searching through the night. A helicopter crew from the San Diego sector was working with the Mexican navy to locate the woman who hasn’t been publicly identified.

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“Our thoughts are with the guest and her family, and our Care Team is providing support,” Carnival said. The passenger has still not been found and that’s a high likelihood that this person will not be found alive. Between 2000 and 2019 there were 623 reported deaths on cruise ships. Falls overboard or onto lower decks were the primary causes of passenger death. The most passenger deaths occurred on Carnival Cruise Lines (29%). In July, Carnival launched its first cruise from the US since the pandemic halted operations.