Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell from cruise ship
Royal Caribbean cruise lines Navigator of the Seas pulls out of New Orleans on the Mississippi River, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP / Gene J. Puskar)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 7, 2016 8:14AM EST
MIAMI -- The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Texas man who fell from a cruise ship near Florida's Key Largo.
Coast Guard officials say 46-year-old David Mossman fell from the 10th deck of Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas ship late Friday. The fall was a distance of about 100 feet.
In a statement Sunday night, the Coast Guard announced it had suspended the search.
Chris Eddy, search-and-rescue technical specialist at the Coast Guard 7th District, says the decision was made with "great care and deliberation."
A helicopter and plane were used in the search, which the Coast Guard says covered 2,583 square nautical miles.