TODAY   |  May 09, 2013

2 passengers missing from Carnival cruise

A search by air and sea is underway for a man, 30, and woman, 27, who can be seen in surveillance video falling from the Carnival Spirit’s deck Wednesday night. Their disappearance was discovered when the ship docked in Sydney Harbor. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>>> a frantic search off the coast of australia for a couple of passengers believed to have fallen overboard from a carnival cruiseship. in our london newsroom with details on that.

>> good morning, matt. the couple have likely been in the water for hours. they were vacationing with family and friends, loved ones left waiting, hoping for news. a desperate search by air and sea for two passengers missing this morning. their disappearance discovered only when their ship, carnival "spirits" docked in sydney harbor . surveillance video shows the couple, a woman in her 20s and a 30-year-old man falling from the ship's deck wednesday night. the ship was 65 nautical miles off the coast.

>> our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and those two individuals and we're pulling out all stops.

>> reporter: the carnival "spirits" is owned by carnival cruise lines , a subsidiary of carnival corp., recently plagued with cruising disasters. just this past february, carnival "triumph" in the gulf of mexico had no working toilets and limited food after a fire in the engine room. in march last year, costa allegra with no running water or air-conditioning for three days. and in january of last year, one of the most high-profiled incidents in recent cruising history, the costa concordia ran aground off the coast of italy leaving 32 dead.

>> so far, no comment from carnival corporation , but in the past, the spokesperson has emphasized that the ships are extremely safe. the question, matt, is how did the couple fall overboard? no life preservers are missing, which might have suggested one person was trying to save the other, matt.

>> thank you very much.