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Coast Guard searching for man who jumped off cruise ship

6:15 AM, Aug 28, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The United States Coast Guard is searching for a man who jumped off the Carnival Cruise ship Fascination.

The 31-year-old man jumped off the boat 25-miles off Ponce De Leon inlet, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

The man was last seen on the cruise ship by a security guard before he leaped into the water.

The Coast Guard is currently searching for the passenger using the 210-foot Cutter Resolute from St. Petersburg; 154-foot Cutter Bernard C. Webber, a Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter stationed in Miami; the 87-foot Cuter Shrike from Port Canaveral; the 47-foot motor life boat from Station Ponce De Leon and an HH-60 Jayhawk from Ari Station Clearwater.

Carnival Fascination crewmembers reported the man jumping off the ship to Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center at 2:09 a.m. using their radio, the release said.

The Carnival Fascination left Jacksonville's cruise terminal Monday at 5 p.m.  The cruise was headed to Key West.

The Coast Guard said the ship's security guard said he saw the man jump from the 10th deck into the water.  The fall is approximately 87 feet.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the man's name at this time.

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