Cruise ship returns to Fla. port without missing Warner Robins man

Update on missing Warner Robins man

The Carnival Elation cruise ship made its way back into port Thursday morning in Jacksonville without a missing passenger.

It set out from the same location Saturday on what was supposed to be a pleasant five-day cruise.

That all changed when passenger Kevin Wellons, 24, of Warner Robins fell overboard Monday at about 2:45 a.m.

The Elation made its way into JaxPort just after 5 a.m. without Wellons. The Coast Guard said after reviewing surveillance video, they saw Wellons fall overboard from the ships 11th deck.

The Coast Guard called off its search for him Tuesday.

Wellon’s wife reported him missing when the ship arrived at its first stop in Nassau Bahamas.


Passengers leaving the ship Thursday morning had more questions than answers including some wondering why the cruise line did not alert them to what happened.

"it's sad, very sad," passenger Yolanda M. said.

"We never heard nothing," a passenger not wanting to be identified said.

So we reached out to Carnival, but they did not have information readily available.

Teressa Pratt followed the news on land, but didn't want to discuss it at length with her son and daughter in law onboard the Elation.

"I'm sure it definitely put a damper on their vacation, but tragedies do happen," Pratt said.

(© 2017 WTLV)


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