Man Goes Overboard in English Channel

May 21, 2011
Update, 12:30 p.m. EDT: According to a statement from Celebrity Cruises, the man who went overboard is a 31-year-old Filipino crewmember (and not a passenger as first reported). A review of the ship's closed circuit camera footage showed the crewmember climbing over a railing on Deck 3 and going overboard. The man has not been found, and the BBC is reporting that the search and rescue mission has been called off.

(5 a.m. EDT) -- The BBC is reporting today that a passenger on Celebrity Eclipse went overboard late Friday while the ship was traveling some eight miles north of Cherbourg on its way to Southampton.

French emergency workers conducted a search and rescue for the man, believed to have gone into the water at about 22:15 B.S.T. but ultimately called off the hunt.

The ship, which is based in Southampton, concluded its cruise this morning.

We've reached out to Celebrity Cruises for more information and will provide updates as more details emerge.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief