US Coast Guard suspends search for Carnival passenger who reportedly fell overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday evening they suspended their search for a 24-year-old Carnival Cruise passenger who reportedly fell overboard from his Bahamas-bound ship Monday morning.

Kevin Wellons, of Warner Robins, Ga., was traveling aboard the Carnival Elation, which set out Saturday from Jacksonville, Fla., for a five-day cruise to the Bahamas.

On Monday, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Wellons’ wife reported him missing, telling cruise officials that she had last seen him around 2:30 a.m.

“A full search of the vessel and subsequent review of camera footage indicates the individual went overboard at approximately 2.45 am on February 13,” a Carnival Cruise Line spokeswoman explained in an emailed statement to Fox News.

WFTV reported that Wellons fell from the Elation’s 11th deck.


Carnival estimates that the ship was 14 miles northeast of Great Harbor Cay when Wellons went overboard, although the ship had already docked in Nassau by the time officials reportedly learned of the incident.

Both U.S. and Bahamian authorities were notified, Carnival says, and the U.S. Coast Guard began search and rescue efforts Tuesday.

As of Tuesday evening, however, the Coast Guard announced they had suspended their search.

“Carnival’s CareTeam is providing support to the missing guest’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time," Carnival's statement continued.

The cruise line says there is no foul play suspected.