Search Continues for Overboard Passenger
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) _ The effort to rescue a man who fell from a cruise ship off the Mississippi coast shifted to a search for the body Monday, though his wife of less than two weeks was hopeful he would be found alive.
Matthew Scott Bjorn, 35, of Northport, Ala., fell from the Carnival Conquest between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday into a shipping channel in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said.
Searchers called off their work late Sunday because of high winds and high seas, and resumed Monday morning in recovery mode, said Harrison County Sheriff’s Lt. Robbie Cox.
Bjorn’s wife, Renee, held out hope.
``We haven’t lost him yet,″ Renee Bjorn, 37, told The Associated Press. ``He’s an excellent swimmer, he plays water polo. He’s in excellent shape.″
Renee Bjorn said her husband fell from a 10th-floor balcony, where they were attending a party. She said he had climbed over the balcony railing and was trying to climb back over to the inside when he lost his footing and fell.
``As he slipped, he was smiling at me,″ Renee Bjorn said. ``I tried to help him climb back over.″
Renee Bjorn confirmed that she and her husband were intoxicated but denied witness reports that they had been fighting.