Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Man Who Fell Off Royal Caribbean Ship

The search for a man who plunged from the deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship was called off Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said a day after the passenger went missing.

Crews searched more than 930 square nautical miles off the coast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas for the 35-year-old man who fell into the water Friday, "after clinging to a life boat" aboard the Oasis of the Seas ship, the Coast Guard said.

The Brazilian national, who has not been identified, "was spotted by Oasis of the Seas crew members intentionally going over the side of the ship," Royal Caribbean said in a statement Friday.

"Our Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time," the cruise line added. Royal Caribbean refused to comment further when the search was called off Saturday.

The Oasis of the Seas crew had launched boats to hunt for the man shortly after he went overboard, and the Coast Guard joined the search with a HC-130 Hercules airplane and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

The Oasis of the Seas returned to Florida on Saturday after a week-long Caribbean cruise, said Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez.