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.
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.