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US Coast Guard searching for Irish cruise passenger who went overboard

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
US Coast Guard searching for Irish cruise passenger who went overboard

The US Coast Guard are searching for an Irish cruise passenger who is believed to have gone overboard.

The missing passenger - named as 67-year-old Dominic William O’Carrol - was found to be missing following a head count on the ‘Croisières de France’ Horizon cruise ship. 

He is believed to have gone overboard south of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, the ship's spokesman Ricardo Castrodad. 

An alert was issued after a passenger reported seeing a large object going over the side of the cruise at approximately 5am on Monday morning.

The 'Horizon' was travelling from La Romana, Dominican Republic to the island of St. Maarten.

"The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of this passenger remain unclear,’ said Captain Robert Warren of the US Coast Guard said. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this most difficult time."

Since the search began Monday morning, Coast Guard rescue crews conducted 12 air and surface searches covering an area of approximate 1,265 square nautical miles, an area approximately one third the size of Puerto Rico, Coast Guard News reported. 
 
The Coast Guard have said they have stood the search down for the time being.