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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Man falls off cruise ship

The Coast Guard suspended its search on Monday night for a Canadian man who fell off a Celebrity cruise ship bound for Key West.

Carol Tremblay, 66, was last seen on a video surveillance camera aboard the Celebrity cruise ship Constellation at about 3 a.m. Sunday, 23 miles south of Summerland Key in the Atlantic Ocean, according to Coast Guard Lt. Peter Bermont.

"We don't know the circumstance of how the man fell overboard," Bermont said. "He was not on the vessel once it moored in Key West."

Tremblay fell from the 11th floor of the cruise ship, about 110 feet, Bermont said.

"It was known that he was not a good swimmer," Bermont said.

The Coast Guard started looking for the man early Sunday morning. Several Coast Guard aircraft and boats searched roughly 850 square miles of water before calling off the search on Monday evening, Bermont said.

The video did not appear to show any sort of foul play involved in the fall, but the investigation is ongoing, Bermont said.

Tremblay's wife reported him missing after she could not locate him, according to Celebrity cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. The ship's captain immediately ordered a search for the missing guest.

A review of the ship's closed-circuit camera footage observed the guest going overboard from an upper deck at approximately 3 a.m. The Coast Guard and FBI were both contacted by Celebrity, which is owned by Royal Caribbean cruise line, Martinez said.

"Royal Caribbean's Care Team is providing support to the guest's family and our thoughts and prayers are with them," Martinez said via email.

Martinez did not provide any details of the fall, only to say that rough seas or bad weather had nothing to do with the fall, she said.

The Constellation was sailing on a four-night trip that departed Port Everglades Thursday and included port calls to Nassau, Bahamas and Key West.

tohara@keysnews.com

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