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Coast Guard searching for Georgia man who fell off cruise ship in the Bahamas

Phil Keating reports from Miami, Florida

 

Rescue crews from the U.S. Coast Guard are currently searching for a 32-year old man who went overboard from his cruise ship in waters near the Bahamas.

Reco Scott, of Decatur, Ga., went missing from the ninth deck of the Carnival Liberty at around 5 a.m. on Friday morning, according to a news release issued by the Coast Guard.

The ship, which departed from Port Canaveral, Fla., was about 10 miles northwest of Barry Islands, Bahamas, when Scott first went missing.

Per the release, the cruise ship launched a search for Scott upon learning of the man's disappearance. They also contacted officials at the Seventh Coast Guard District Command Center, who arranged to send a Coast Guard helicopter crew and a Coast Guard vessel to the area.

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The Coast Guard has also confirmed that the Norwegian Jade, of Norwegian Cruise Lines, is currently aiding in the search efforts.

A spokesperson for Carnival also told WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., that the Carnival Liberty itself has turned back from the search area.