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Coast Guard calls off search for Texas man who fell from cruise ship near Key Largo

U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday suspended the search for a 46-year-old man who fell from a cruise ship off Key Largo. Missing is David Mossman, 46, from Texas.



"We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mossman as the decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation," said Chris Eddy, search-and-rescue technical specialist at the Coast Guard 7th District. "Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and an exhaustive search, our crews were unable to locate him."

On Saturday around 3 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from the crew aboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas of Mossman falling about 100 feet from the 10th deck of the cruise ship into the water 36 nautical miles south of Carysfort Reef Light. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued and the Coast Guard cutter Gannet was launched to begin searching for Mossman. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 helicopter and a HC-144 aircraft were launched to begin searching as well.

As of Sunday morning, Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews searched 1,676 square nautical miles, the Guard said.

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