Search and Rescue Underway for Overboard Crew Member from MSC Seaside

A crew member from the MSC Seaside has been reported going overboard last night south of the Virgin Islands. A passenger on the MSC cruise ship notified me this morning of the incident.  Florida resident Brett Morphis stated that the ship used spotlights to search for the crew member starting around 3 A.M. and continuing throughout the night.  The captain of the ship made an official announcement around 7 A.M., followed by a second announcement this morning stating that the search was continuing with prayers for the crew member.  A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and a Carnival ship (the Carnival Glory) as well as smaller commercial vessels reportedly were all engaged in the search. AIS systems seems to show that the MSC Seaside turned around west of the Virgin Islands and returned to a spot where the ship believed the crew member went overboard.  It is unknown whether the MSC Seaside was equipped with an automatic man overboard system which would have…

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