Coast Guard searches for man who jumped from cruise ship

PONCE INLET, Fla. (WKMG)- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching off the Volusia County coast for a 31-year-old man who authorities say jumped from the Carnival Fascination cruise ship.

Officials say a security guard aboard the Carnival Fascination saw the man leap into the Atlantic Ocean from a 10th-floor deck early Tuesday. Officials say he fell about 87 feet into the water.

Crew members aboard the cruise ship reported the incident to the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center at 2:09 a.m. Tuesday.

The Coast Guard says three ships, a motor life boat and a helicopter are currently searching the waters off Ponce Inlet for the man.

The passenger's name has not been released.

No further details were immediately available.

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