Coast Guard hunts for overboard passenger

Texas man, 46, on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas falls 30 metres to sea.

The US Coast Guard is searching for a passenger who fell overboard from a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship.

The agency said David Mossman, a 46-year-old Texan, fell from the 3,110-berth Navigator of the Seas (built 2002) Saturday morning off Key Largo, Florida.

He fell from the 10th deck, which is about 100 feet (30 metres) up.

“An urgent marine information broadcast was issued and the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet was launched to begin searching for Mossman,” the agency said.

A Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter and an HC-144 airplane were also searching for Mossman.

The search, which has already covered 946 square nautical miles (3,240 square kilometres), will continue throughout the night.