Elderly Couple Missing from Carnival Cruise Ship
An elderly couple is missing from a Carnival Cruise ship that sails out of California and are "presumed to have gone overboard."
A statement released overnight by Carnival says the 90-year-old man and his 79-year-old wife were aboard the Carnival Paradise when it set sail from the port on Monday but could not be found when the ship returned Friday.
"Their cabin door was double locked from the inside with a do not disturb sign on the handle and the door leading from the cabin to the balcony was unlocked," the statement says. "The couple’s personal belongings remained inside the cabin."
The cruise industry has experienced an unusual string of man-overboard cases in recent weeks, including an incident last Tuesday on a P&O Cruises ship. Before that an entertainer on the Carnival Sensation was seen falling overboard on New Year's Day, just a few days after a passenger apparently jumped from the Norwegian Dawn.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the couple were last seen Tuesday night near their cabin. She said federal agents were interviewing passengers and crew and processing evidence.
The cruise started in Long Beach and stopped in Santa Catalina Island and Ensenada. Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said she did not know if the couple disembarked at either location.