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USCG calls off search for Bartlett woman

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After 46 hours of searching 2,300 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard has called off their search for a missing 21-year-old Bartlett woman, who fell overboard while on a cruise ship Sunday evening.

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The unidentified woman from Shelby County fell overboard during the first night of a 7-night cruise in the Atlantic Ocean on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas.

FOX13 News has learned the woman's mother was on board the cruise.

Per the family's request, the woman's identity won't be revealed, Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal said.

The mother and daughter were traveling the Allure of the Seas when a guest witnessed the 21-year-old fall overboard the mega-ship at around 9:25 p.m. EDT Sunday evening.

Five crews attached to the 7th Coast Guard District in Miami searched all day Monday for the missing Bartlett woman. At nightfall Monday they brought their aircrews back but left the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback to continue a night search, said Petty Office 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

"This morning we conducted a first flight search," Petty Officer Rios told FOX13 News.

The Allure of the Seas stopped about 47 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the search coordinates were marked on the ship's GPS.

Two other cruise ships that were nearby at the time of the Bartlett woman's disappearance, the Carnival Fascination and Majesty of the Seas, assisted Allure of the Seas in the initial stages of the search, Royal Caribbean said.

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