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South Carolina man reportedly jumped from Bahamas cruise

The U.S. Coast Guard was still searching Monday for a South Carolina man who reportedly jumped overboard from a cruise ship returning to West Palm Beach from the Bahamas.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Sabrina Laberdesque said the passenger apparently went overboard early Sunday in the Atlantic Ocean about 27 miles east of Delray Beach.

The man was reported missing from the Bahamas Celebration about 2 a.m. The vessel, owned by Fort Lauderdale-based Celebration Cruise Line, sailed from Grand Bahama island Saturday evening.

The Coast Guard identified the missing man as James Miller, 30, of Charleston, S.C.

The Coast Guard said it sent a cutter, helicopter and plane out of South Florida to search for him.

The FBI is investigating, according to the Coast Guard.

A cruise line spokesman said the ship’s crew turned the liner around to search for the man once he was reported missing.

The Bahamas Celebration is a six-deck cruise ship that can hold 1,250 passengers in 502 cabins. It was introduced in 2009 and offers two-night cruises to the Bahamas archipelago off Florida’s east coast.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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