Coast Guard suspends search for missing cruise ship passenger

 

MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing cruise ship passenger southwest of Freeport, Bahamas.

Rina Patel, 32, from Interlaken, New York, was reported missing Wednesday from the Carnival Ecstasy approximately 27 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas.

"We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and all that have been affected by this tragedy," said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard's 7th District. "Suspending search efforts is always a painful decision, but despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate Rina and have made the difficult decision to suspend the search pending any further developments."

The crews covered a combined search area total of more than 2,800 square miles.

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