Search for New York Woman Missing From Cruise Ship Called Off

The Coast Guard called off the search for Rina Patel.

— -- The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a New York woman who went overboard from a cruise ship in the waters off the Bahamas, officials said.

Rina Patel, 32, of Interlaken, NY, was seen jumping from the Carnival Ecstasy on Sept. 7, according to the cruise line. The ship was about 15 miles off Grand Bahama at the time, the cruise line said.

The search was suspended at 7:32 p.m. Thursday, the Coast Guard said.

"We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and all that have been affected by this tragedy," said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, chief of response management for the Coast Guard's 7th District. "Suspending search efforts is always a painful decision, but despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate Rina and have made the difficult decision to suspend the search pending any further developments."

Coast Guard officials said they covered 2,800 square miles during a 43-hour period.