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University IDs student who went overboard on cruise ship

March 11, 2015

BLACKSBURG, Virginia (AP) — A U.S. university has identified the 21-year-old student who went overboard on a Carnival cruise ship near the Bahamas.

Virginia Tech said Wednesday that the student is Cameron Smook — a senior majoring in mining and minerals engineering.

Officials say Smook went missing from the cruise ship Carnival Glory on Sunday. Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says camera footage confirmed a man went overboard.

The Coast Guard says it called off the search for Smook on Tuesday after searching more than 6,500 square miles (17,000 sq. kilometers) and consulting with Smook’s family. Two other cruise ships also helped in the search.

Virginia Tech released a statement from Smook’s family that says Smook was on track to graduate in the spring and had just accepted a job offer.

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