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Woman Falls Overboard Cruise Ship in Gulf of Mexico

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Carnival Triumph profile picture taken while the ship was in port at Cozumel, Mexicom in in January 2013. (Mcharles999/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 22 Jan 2018 01:22 PM

A woman reportedly fell overboard a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday night and a search has been started to find her, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

The woman, 44, was on the Carnival Triumph as it sailed from New Orleans to Cozumel on a five-day cruise when the incident happened, Carnival told the newspaper in a statement.

WVUE-TV reported that Carnival's CARE Team was providing support and assistance to the guest's family. The Carnival Triumph operates four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans, the television station said.

Jim Walker's Cruise Law News wrote that passengers on the ship said that the ship told them that the woman went missing between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday, but no other details were given. The website said the ship stopped and initiated a search and rescue and then began circling to search for the passenger.

Cruise Law News said Triumph crew members launched rescue boats in the water and scanned the waters for the passenger. The website said a photo of the missing passenger was shown to other guests.

"To my knowledge, Carnival has not equipped its fleet of cruise ships with automatic man-overboard systems with cameras which would send a signal to the bridge whenever someone goes overboard," Jim Walker of Cruise Law News, wrote.

"Modern systems today can record the person going over the rails and track them in the water via motion detection, infrared and radar technology," he added.

The ship had left New Orleans for Cozumel on Saturday, the Cruise Law News stated.

The Carnival Triumph was scheduled to be replaced at Carnival's New Orleans' port by May 2019 by the bigger Carnival Valor, which currently makes its home port in Galveston, Texas, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

The Valor and Carnival Glory, which will be replacing the Carnival Dream in New Orleans, will be carrying nearly 400,000 on cruises out of the city starting in 2019, the website stated.

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