Man Jumps from Carnival Cruise Ship in Florida
A 30-year-old man jumped from the Carnival Elation cruise ship off the coast of Florida on Sunday, July 24, 2023.Jaylen Hill returned to Jacksonville, Florida, from a four-day cruise to the Bahamas
Hill’s companion reported him missing late Sunday afternoon, and Carnival Cruise Line said that an initial review of closed circuit security footage confirmed that he had jumped overboard. The Coast Guard was notified and deployed multiple aircraft and vessels to search for Hill, but the search was suspended after 36 hours, having covered more than 1,347 square miles.
The cause of Hill’s jumping is not yet known, but the Coast Guard is investigating. Carnival Cruise Line has said that it is providing support to Hill’s family and friends, and that it is cooperating with the Coast Guard’s investigation.
Carnival Elation Basic Information
- Name: Carnival Elation
- Length: 261 meters (856 feet)
- Beam: 32 meters (105 feet)
- Draft: 8.2 meters (27 feet)
- Passenger capacity: 2,190
- Crew: 900
- Launched: January 4, 1998
- Homeport: Jacksonville, Florida
- Current itinerary: 4-day and 5-day cruises to the Bahamas
Hill was traveling with his companion, who was not injured in the incident.
Hill was last seen on the ship’s deck at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The Coast Guard searched for Hill in an area 95 nautical miles east of Melbourne, Florida.
The search was suspended due to the lack of any new information.
The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 305-292-8727.
This is the second man-overboard incident on a Carnival cruise ship in Florida this year. In May, a 35-year-old man went overboard from the Carnival Magic cruise ship while it was returning to Virginia. The search for that man was also suspended after 60 hours.
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The Carnival Elation offers a variety of onboard activities, including:
Pools and water slides: The ship has four pools, including a main pool, a children’s pool, and two hot tubs. There are also two water slides, one for adults and one for children.
Entertainment: The ship has a variety of entertainment options, including a main theater, a comedy club, a casino, and a disco. There is also a live music venue and a variety of bars and lounges.
Dining: The ship has a variety of dining options, including a main dining room, a buffet restaurant, and a variety of specialty restaurants. There is also a 24-hour room service menu.
Other activities: The ship also has a variety of other activities, including a spa, a fitness center, a jogging track, and a basketball court. There is also a library, a game room, and a children’s play area.
The Carnival Elation sails a variety of itineraries, including Caribbean cruises, Bahamas cruises, and New England cruises. The ship also offers a variety of shorter cruises, including three- and four-day cruises.Carnival Elation: A ship of many 🚢, with plenty of 🌊 and ☀️ to enjoy. 😎