CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - After 43 hours of searching, the Coast Guard says it has suspended its search for a woman who went overboard from a Carnival Cruise Ship.
Coast Guard officials announced Thursday night that they had suspended their search for 32-year-old Rina Patel from Interlaken, New York.
Authorities say Patel fell from the 11th deck early Wednesday morning from the Ecstasy which returned to the port of Charleston Thursday morning.
The Coast Guard says it searched more than 2300 square miles near the Bahamas for the woman.
"We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and all that have been affected by this tragedy," said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard's 7th District. "Suspending search efforts is always a painful decision, but despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate Rina and have made the difficult decision to suspend the search pending any further developments."