Woman falls overboard from Carnival Triumph during five-day cruise


WVUE-TV reported that Carnival's CARE Team was providing support and assistance to the guest's family.

It is thought she fell from her 14th deck stateroom balcony onto the 11th deck.

Crews are searching in the Gulf of Mexico for a woman who reportedly went overboard from a Carnival cruise ship which home ports in New Orleans.

In the past calendar year, Carnival has seen three death-by-falling incidents.

In October, eight-year-old Zion Smith fell from a deck aboard a Carnival ship docked in Miami and died. She fell to the third story and died.

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Her uncle, Damien Fox, told ABC Local 10 at the time that some family members on the ship believed several people were pushing in an attempt to get out of an elevator may have accidentally caused the girl to fall.

He also added that after the incident took place, the Bahamian law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Coast Guard and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Department were all notified, and the company is "assisting these agencies as the investigation continues". That ship left Jacksonville on Thursday and was heading for the Bahamas.

The cruise ship Carnival Splendor lies dead in the water in the Pacific Ocean some 150 nautical miles southwest of San Diego, California on November 9, 2010.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Carnival for comment.