Family confirms Virginia Tech student fell off Carnival cruise ship near Bahamas

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GLEN ALLEN, Va. — The family of Cameron Smook confirmed he was the 21-year-old Virginia Tech student who fell off a Carnival cruise ship Sunday near the Bahamas.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for Smook on Tuesday night, WTVR reported.

Courtesy Virginia Tech.

Courtesy Virginia Tech.

“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,” a statement from the Smook family read. “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.”

Smook was scheduled to graduate from Virginia Tech this spring.

“Our family sincerely appreciates your continued prayers and support at this most difficult time,” the statement continued.

Memorial service details have not yet been released.

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