Carnival Elation Returns after Losing Passenger at Sea

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  • The Carnival Elation cruise ship returned to Jacksonville, Florida yesterday, just days after one of its passengers was lost at sea.
  • 24 year old Kevin Wellons fell from the ship on Monday morning.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard deployed air and sea assets to search for Wellons, but he was eventually determined to have been lost at sea.

The Carnival Elation cruise ship returned to Florida yesterday, after one of its passengers fell overboard and was lost at sea during its voyage.

On Tuesday night the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it was suspending the search for 24 year old Kevin Wellons, who went missing as the ship sailed about 15 miles off the coast of Abco, Bahamas. The Warner Robins, Georgia resident’s wife notified the ship’s authorities at about 8:30 a.m. Monday morning that her husband was missing. Upon checking the ship’s surveillance video, Wellons was seen failing from the 11th deck.

The Coast Guard scrambled air and sea assets at about 11 a.m. Monday morning to search for the victim. Despite searching for a day and a half, the Coast Guard was unable to locate him.

Carnival issued a statement about the matter, which read in part, “Carnival’s CareTeam is providing support to the missing guest’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”