Royal Caribbean's mega-ship Allure of the Seas passenger lost at sea, Coast Guard says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A search is under way for a passenger who vanished from a cruise ship nearly 50 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, the Coast Guard said Monday.

The 21-year-old woman from Bartlett, Tenn., was on Royal Caribbean's mega-ship Allure of the Seas on Sunday night, when she reportedly fell overboard, the Coast Guard said. Her name hasn't been released.

The ship captain notified search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami about the woman's disappearance. Despite a search of the cruise ship, the woman wasn't found.

About 12:40 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said it was "currently searching for the missing person in the water" across an area of approximately 320 square miles.

Assisting in the search were a Coast Guard "Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin" helicopter aircrew, an "HC-144 Ocean Sentry" aircraft aircrew and a C-130 fixed-wing aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.

Also helping were Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback crew members and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater.

The Coast Guard asks anyone with information about the woman to call Seventh Coast Guard District search-and-rescue coordinators at 305-415-6800.