(WMC-TV) - The Coast Guard has ended the search for a 21-year-old woman from Bartlett, Tenn., who reportedly fell overboard off the cruise ship Allure of the Seas, 47 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sunday night.
More than 2,300 square miles were searched by multiple Coast Guard search and rescue crews over a 46-hour period.
"It's always unfortunate when we have to suspend a search, because our main focus is to locate the individual and return her safely to her family," said Capt. Todd Lutes, 7th Coast Guard District chief of Incident Management Branch. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of the missing woman."
Search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami were notified by the captain of the Allure of the Seas with the report of a missing woman passenger. Crewmembers aboard the Allure of the Seas searched the cruise ship for the woman and reported negative results.