After two days of combing the waters, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 50-year-old man who went missing from a cruise ship that departed from Tampa.
Tuesday morning, the Coast Guard reported Brian Lamonds, of Greensboro, had gone overboard the Carnival Paradise about 85 miles west of Fort Myers.
Emergency responders launched an intensive search for Lamonds, but the search was suspended Wednesday night.
“I have been in contact with members of Mr. Lamonds’ family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them,” said Cmdr. David Aldous, search and rescue mission coordinator for the Coast Guard 7th District. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.”
Crews spent 55 hours searching for Lamonds, covering 3,059 square miles.
The ship was on its way from Tampa to Key West when the incident took place.