Woman Falls Overboard On Cruise Ship, Coast Guard Searches For Hours

JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 23: The 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle sails up the St. John's River after a trans-Atlantic voyage from its Finnish shipyard February 23, 2004 in Jacksonville, Florida. The 960-foot-long liner is the first ship to sail from JaxPort for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines.(Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines via Getty Images)

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A woman fell off a cruise ship early Saturday morning near Ensenada, Mexico, which prompted an hours-long search by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard searched for over 31 hours before pausing the search until more information was found, according to a tweet by the USCG Southern California. The Coast Guard is working with the Mexican navy to locate the missing woman, according to the Coast Guard.

The woman fell shortly after 3:00 a.m. from a Carnival Miracle ship, reported NBC News. The ship stopped around 3:30 a.m. for crew members to deploy a lifeboat to search the area.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a complete shutdown of the cruise industry. Carnival was shut down for 16 months, with its first cruise since the shutdown launching July 4, according to a press release. (RELATED: Cruise Ships Are Making A Comeback Soon After CDC Opens The Floodgates)  

“On Saturday, Dec. 11, we advised Carnival Miracle guests of an overboard incident involving a guest from the balcony of her stateroom. The ship returned to Long Beach as scheduled on Sunday, Dec. 12,” Carnival said in a statement to the Daily Caller. “Our thoughts are with the guest and her family, and our Care Team is providing support.”