-- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing man who went overboard on a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship early this morning.
The incident happened on the Oasis of the Seas ship while it was about 80 nautical miles off the coast of the Bahamas, the Coast Guard said.
Royal Caribbean said the 35-year-old man jumped from the seventh deck of the ship onto a life raft below and then fell into the water, according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard has deployed one helicopter from the Bahamas and a plane from Clearwater, Florida, to assist in the search.
The Oasis of the Seas also has two boats out searching.
"On Friday November 6, while Oasis of the Seas was at sea, 17 miles east of Turks and Caicos Islands, a 35 year old male guest from Brazil went overboard. He was spotted by Oasis of the Seas crew members intentionally going over the side of the ship,” Royal Caribbean Cruises said in a statement.
“A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched and is currently assisting us with the search. Our Care Team is providing support to the guest’s family and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time."