Coast Guard searcing for woman who fell from cruise ship

MIAMI -- Coast Guard authorities are scouring the seas near the Bahamas after an U.S. citizen plummeted from a cruise ship early Wednesday.

NBC South Florida reports that 32-year-old Rina Patel apparently fell from the eleventh deck of the Carnival Ecstasy as the ship passed near the Grand Bahama.

Cruise line officials said the New York resident went overboard from the ship around 2:30 a.m.

The station reports the ship had left Nassau, Bahamas and was heading for Charleston, S.C.

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