The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a young man lost at sea after he is believed to fave fallen overboard a Carnival cruise ship while vacationing with his wife.
Kevin Wellons, 24, of Warner Robins, Georgia, was on a cruise to the Bahamas when he reportedly fell overboard in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to WXIA Atlanta. The Carnival Elation cruise ship’s surveillance video saw the man go overboard from the ship’s 11th deck about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Wellons’ wife reported him missing at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, saying she had last seen him at 2:30 a.m. The couple was on a five-day cruise that docked on Saturday.
Carnival’s CareTeam is providing support to the missing guest’s family,” the cruise line said in a statement after news broke of the man’s disappearance. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time.”
According to the news station, Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center was notified at 11 a.m. Tuesday about the missing passenger, and the Coast Guard quickly launched a search. But after a nearly nine-hour search that covered 1,381 square miles with no sign of Wellon, the Coast Guard called it off.
In 2005, newlywed George Smith went overboard a Royal Caribbean cruise while on his honeymoon. He was never found, and his family believes that his death may have been the result of foul play, and that his wife, since remarried, knows more about her disappearance than she let on. But she was never charged with a crime and the FBI closed the investigation in 2015.