US Coast Guard Searches for Missing Cruise Crew Member

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The U.S. Coast Guard was searching for a missing crew member from a Royal Caribbean ship early Friday after witnesses reported seeing the 26-year-old man fall overboard Thursday morning off the southern coast of Florida, multiple media accounts reported.Exactly a month ago, another Royal Caribbean crew member went overboard in the Atlantic, off Puerto Rico, and was never found.A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd was not available for comment early Friday. Neither was a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District, which patrols the Florida coast.At about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, as the Majesty of the Seas ship was about 37 miles off the Florida coast and headed for Port Everglades, fellow crew members said they saw the man going overboard, a cruise line spokesman told the Miami Herald and other media. The man was not immediately identified.Officers on the Miami-based ship immediately notified the U.S. Coast Guard and also began a search, the spokesperson said.The Coast Guard took over the search about 7 a.m. and the cruise ship continued into port.The crewman lost in December from Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas was 20-year-old Briton Aaron Hough.Hough was a cast member of the musical Grease, which was being performed onboard the ship, according to the Miami Herald.

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