Va. Tech IDs student who went overboard on cruise ship

Associated Press

Blacksburg, Va. — Virginia Tech 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 of Glen Allen, Virginia — 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 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.