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Crews look for cruise ship passenger who went overboard off Florida Keys

Posted: 8:51 AM, Dec 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-23 08:53:41-05

MIAMI (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard crews are searching for a man who apparently jumped from the 12th deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off of the Florida Keys.

Officials said in a news release sent Thursday that the crew of the Independence of the Seas notified the Coast Guard's command center in Key West early Thursday morning.

In a statement Royal Caribbean said witnesses saw the 22-year-old man "intentionally going overboard" from the 12th deck of the ship around 1:45 a.m.

The ship was on the last leg of a four-night cruise and was returning to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

Crews are searching for him about 33 miles southeast of Key Largo.