Coast Guard searching for Florida man who fell off cruise ship

Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation

- The Coast Guard is searching for a 23-year-old Florida man who is missing after reportedly going overboard from a cruise ship.

Brandon Paul, 23, of Floral City, Florida, reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Victory around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. It is unknown at this time what caused him to go overboard.

Carnival Victory is now on a four night cruise to the Western Caribbean out of Miami, Florida with one stop in Cozumel, Mexico.

Taking part in the search is the cutter Charles Sexton, based in Key West, and a HC-144 Ocean Sentry, from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.

Planes and boats from the Coast Guard were deployed, as were search and rescue crews from Cuba, who were advised of the search effort.

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