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On November 13, 2023, a distressing incident transpired aboard the cruise ship Carnival Glory as it sailed through the Gulf of Mexico en route from the USA to Jamaica. A 28-year-old male passenger, Tyler Lee Barnett, a resident of Houma, Louisiana, was reported missing and presumed overboard. The alarm was raised by another passenger, leading to a comprehensive search and rescue operation. Tragically, the overboard status was later confirmed following a review of CCTV footage. Despite extensive efforts, the man’s body was not located. The incident cast a somber shadow at the outset of the 7-day “Western Caribbean Cruise,” affecting the ship’s itinerary and passengers.
Details of the Incident
The incident unfolded on November 13, 2023, while the Carnival Glory was navigating the Gulf of Mexico. Tyler Lee Barnett was last seen on the previous day, November 12th, at approximately 11:40 PM local time in Louisiana (5:40 UTC). His absence was noticed and reported by another passenger, prompting immediate action by the ship’s crew.
Security personnel initiated a review of the ship’s CCTV footage, which ultimately confirmed the tragic overboard situation. Subsequently, an onboard search operation was launched at approximately 7 AM on November 13th. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, the ship contacted the USCG Station New Orleans at around 12:40 PM (18:40 UTC) to request assistance in the search and rescue efforts. In response, a USCG aircraft was dispatched to aid in the operation.
Despite concerted search endeavors, the body of Tyler Lee Barnett could not be located, leaving the incident marked by profound sadness and uncertainty.
The incident occurred at the commencement of the 7-day “Western Caribbean Cruise,” with an itinerary spanning from November 12 to November 19. The cruise operated on a roundtrip route from Port NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) and was originally planned to include port visits to Montego Bay in Jamaica on November 15, George Town on Grand Cayman Island on November 16, and Cozumel, Mexico, on November 17.