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Search for man who fell off Florida cruise liner: media

Rescue teams searched Friday for a missing crew member of a cruise ship who fell overboard off the coast of Florida just hours after ringing in the New Year, US media reported.

Fellow crew members reportedly witnessed the man, an off-duty member of the liner's entertainment staff, plummet 82 feet (25 meters) as the ship Carnival Sensation cruised 20 miles (kilometers) east of Vero Beach, Florida Vero Beach is a city in Indian River County, Florida, USA. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006 estimates, the city had a population of 19,916.[2] It is the county seat of Indian River CountyGR6. .

The liner, homeward bound bound for home; going homeward; as, the homeward bound fleet s>.

See also: Homeward
 after a four-day cruise to the Bahamas islands, coordinated with Coast Guard search and rescue operations until early morning Thursday, when it returned to port in Cape Canaveral Cape Canaveral (kənăv`ərəl), low, sandy promontory extending E into the Atlantic Ocean from a barrier island, E Fla., separated from Merritt Island by the Banana River, a lagoon; named (1963) Cape Kennedy in memory of President John , the Miami Herald reported.

Coast Guard spokesman James Harless, however, was pessimistic about rescue efforts covering a 1,000 square mile area of open ocean. The fall and current sea conditions did not bode bode 1  
v. bod·ed, bod·ing, bodes
1. To be an omen of: heavy seas that boded trouble for small craft.

 well for the man's survival, he said, quoted by The Seattle Times.

"He fell into seven-foot seas without a life jacket at night," Harless said in a statement. "There were winds and strong current he was battling with, along with the high seas high seas

In maritime law, the waters lying outside the territorial waters of any and all states. In the Middle Ages, a number of maritime states asserted sovereignty over large portions of the high seas.

The incident comes a week after a 36-year-old woman was reported missing after falling, or jumping, from the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Pearl is a cruise ship of Norwegian Cruise Line. History
Construction began October 3, 2005, and the Norwegian Pearl was floated out of the Meyer Werft Shipyard covered building dock on October 15, 2006.
 off the Mexico coast.

In that case, coast guard rescue efforts were reportedly scaled back after Jennifer Seitz's family said she could have committed suicide.
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Date:Jan 2, 2009
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