Ongoing Search for Missing Carnival Cruise Passenger

June 17, 2009
Carnival Holiday Update, 5:55 p.m. EDT: According to the Coast Guard Web site, the search for Vilborg continues. Vance Gulliksen, a Carnival spokesperson, said that Carnival Holiday was released from the search on Tuesday, and it is now en route to Cozumel. We'll keep you updated as additional details become available.

(6:45 a.m. EDT) -- The U.S. Coast Guard continued its search last night for the missing 50-year-old woman who reportedly went overboard on Carnival Holiday on Monday evening. The search has been unsuccessful so far.

CNN reported on its Web Site that the Coast Guard identified the woman as Michelle Vilborg of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Since Monday, Coast Guard crews have searched approximately 3,215 square miles, after the woman went overboard about 75 miles south-southwest of Pensacola, Florida.

Holiday is currently sailing a five-night Western Caribbean cruise that departed from Mobile on Monday. The cruise will end Saturday in Mobile after calls on Cozumel and Playa del Carmen.

Yesterday, Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed that the woman was suspected to have gone overboard at approximately 11 p.m. CDT Monday, after another guest reported hearing a splash sound in the water to a crewmember. A cabin-by-cabin check was conducted, which confirmed a missing female guest.

At this point, there has been no further update from Carnival.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor