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Crews suspend search for cruise ship passenger that fell overboard

Crews suspend search for cruise ship passenger that fell overboard west of Fort Myers (USCG)

U.S. Coast Guard crews suspended the search Wednesday for a Carnival Paradise cruise passenger that fell overboard 85 miles west of Fort Myers.

Watchstanders got a call Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. that 50-year-old Brian Lamonds was missing and reportedly went overboard from the ship, officials said.

Lamonds is from Greensboro, North Carolina.

“I have been in contact with members of Mr. Lamonds’ family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them,” said Cmdr. David Aldous, search and rescue mission coordinator for the Coast Guard 7th District. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.”

Crews searched for about 55 hours and covered 3,059 square miles, according to officials. The cruise ship was traveling from Tampa to Key West when Lamonds disappeared.

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