Search called off for VT student who fell off cruise ship

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WAVY — Coast Guard crews have suspended the search for a Virginia Tech student who fell off a Carnival Cruise ship over the weekend in the Bahamas.

The cruise line released a statement Tuesday night, saying camera footage confirmed a 21-year-old man went overboard the Carnival Glory Sunday morning. On Wednesday morning, the victim’s family identified him as Cameron Smook.

The family released the following statement:

Our son, Cameron Smook, and several of his friends departed from Miami on Saturday, March 7 aboard the Carnival Glory for a Caribbean cruise. On Sunday morning, March 8 we were notified by Carnival Cruise Line officials that Cameron had accidentally fallen overboard during the night and was missing at sea. The United States Coast Guard was notified and began search and rescue efforts. After conducting an extensive air and sea search these efforts were suspended last evening pending further developments. We thank the Coast Guard for their outstanding service and for keeping us informed throughout this ordeal. Cameron, 21 years of age, is a graduate of Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Virginia, and was scheduled to graduate from Virginia Tech this spring with a degree in Mining Engineering. He thoroughly enjoyed his experiences at Virginia Tech, had just accepted an employment offer, and was looking forward to a very bright future. Our family sincerely appreciates your continued prayers and support at this most difficult time. We also request privacy and ask not to be contacted by members of the media. Memorial service details will be shared at a later date.

The Glory was on its first leg of a seven-day Caribbean cruise. It left from Miami Saturday.

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