Coast Guard Searching for Man Who Fell From Cruise Ship

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Matthew Scott Bjorn's wife of less than two weeks remains hopeful her husband will be found alive.

In Renee Bjorn's words, ”We haven't lost him yet.''

Authorities say 35-year-old Matthew Bjorn of Northport, Alabama, fell from the Carnival Conquest sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday into a shipping channel about 10 miles from the coast.

Renee Bjorn says her husband's fall from a 10th-floor balcony was an accident.

She says her husband, who had climbed over the railing during a party, lost his footing while trying to climb back over the railing.
Lieutenant Robbie Cox of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department says witnesses in the cabin next door saw Bjorn climb over a cruise ship railing during an argument with his wife.

Cox says Bjorn and his wife were both intoxicated at the time. He says the fall will likely be ruled an accident.

Renee Bjorn says there was no argument. She says authorities have not interviewed her or anyone else who was at the party.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident along with search and rescue crews from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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