The Carnival cruise passenger who went overboard and remains missing was on his first cruise and it became his ‘happy place,’ his fiancée said

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A close-up of the Carnival Magic cruise ship docked in Marseille. Carnival Cruise Lines ships in Marseille.

The man who went overboard on a Carnival cruise ship was on his first-ever cruise, his partner said.
“He loved the cruise life,” Jennilyn Michelle Blosser told WTKR of her fiancé, Ronnie Lee Peale Jr.
Peale Jr. fell off the Carnival Magic ship early Monday and remains missing. 

The man who remains missing after falling overboard on a Carnival cruise sail returning from the Bahamas was on his first-ever cruise, and it wound up becoming his “happy place” before tragedy struck, his partner said. 

“He loved the cruise life,” Jennilyn Michelle Blosser told WTKR of her fiancé, Ronnie Lee Peale Jr. “Being able to drink, gamble, and socialize put him in his happy place.”

Blosser called 35-year-old Peale Jr. the “life of the party” and told CNN that the pair went on the voyage to celebrate her birthday. 

Peale Jr., a Virginia resident, fell into the water early Monday after he leaned over a balcony railing on the Carnival Magic ship about 186 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida, officials have said. 

 

The cruise ship’s operator, Carnival Cruise Line, told Insider in a statement that a review of closed circuit security footage “confirms that he leaned over the railing of his stateroom balcony and dropped into the water at approximately 4:10 am early Monday morning.”

He was reported missing late Monday afternoon, the cruise line said. 

The United States Coast Guard said crews have already searched 4,044 square miles over 19 hours for Peale Jr. 

Crews were continuing their search for Peale Jr. on Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard said

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