50 Year Old Alabama Woman Michelle Vilborg Reported Overboard the Cruise Ship Carnival Holiday


Another passenger has been reported as having gone overboard on a cruise ship. This time it is 50 year old Michelle Vilborg who was reported overboard on the cruise ship Carnival Holiday at approximately 12 am CDT. A passenger had reported hearing a splash in the water at 11 pm CDT as the cruise ship was about 70 miles southwest of Pensacola, Florida.

Efforts were made by crew members to find the woman who had gone overboard; however, attempts were unsuccessful.

 Search on for woman missing from cruise ship

On Tuesday afternoon, two U.S. Coast Guard cutters and three aircraft searched an area of more than 1,200 square miles, about 70 miles south and west of Pensacola, where the cruise ship was sailing when the splash was heard, the Coast Guard said. The ship, meanwhile, continued on to Cozumel, Mexico, where it was due Tuesday evening, according to Carnival.

The story as reported by the missing woman’s husband, Swede Vilborg:

Vilborg’s husband, Swede Vilborg, told the family that his wife had gone to get something to eat when he turned in Monday, the day Holiday left Mobile on its regular run to Mexico, said the Vilborgs’ son-in-law, James Burt. Burt said Swede Vilborg told of waking to alarms calling for a cabin check, realizing that his wife was gone and then reporting that to the ship.

The family said the Vilborgs took the cruise to celebrate Michelle’s 50th birthday.

Burt said he and his wife, Candice, traveled Tuesday from Fort Benning, Ga., to the Vilborgs’ Bay Minette home to await word from the Coast Guard.


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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “50 Year Old Alabama Woman Michelle Vilborg Reported Overboard the Cruise Ship Carnival Holiday”

    1. Michelle Smith on June 17th, 2009 10:31 am

      What the hell is going on with these cruise ships? How do people just fall overboard?

    2. Libby on June 17th, 2009 1:56 pm

      No kidding! Happens just a little too frequent anymore.

    3. katablog.com on June 17th, 2009 2:49 pm

      Read the story SM linked to: the last person that fell overboard (and managed to be rescued) admitted he was standing on the guard railing! Once again folks, you don’t fall off cruise ships unless you are doing something really, really stupid or have someone one “helping” you “fall” over.

      I can’t tell you how many times we’ve looked at the situation, trying to figure any possible way to “fall” over these 4 ft. plus railings, attempting to discover just how this could happen. You’d have to be climbing the railing or leaning way over them with your feet off the deck.

    4. Wendy on June 17th, 2009 2:55 pm

      I think people are getting away with murder on these cruise ships. They should build some sort of blockade, so you can’t even get close to the edge, although it’s already pretty difficult to just fall overboard, in my opinion. It happens way too often for this to be accidental, again imo…..but I could be wrong, though I just can’t see that all these are accidents. I think the reason it keeps happening is because people are watching the news and seeing that if you go overboard on a cruise ship, there is nothing anyone can do, or has done to this point. If you want to get away with murder, take a cruise.

    5. Mendy on June 18th, 2009 4:13 pm

      A cruise ship can never protect against all acts of stupidity or a criminal act such as murder, regardless of blockades, however, surveillance cameras installed on the decks would record such occurrences.

    6. BILL on June 20th, 2009 2:20 pm


    7. guest on July 16th, 2009 7:42 pm

      umm no i was on the carnival cruise ship holiday the week b4 and there is no way that she fell off she either had to of got pushed off or she jumped off. These ppl r stupid 4 beliving this crap.

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