From Virginia Tech: With consent from his family, Virginia Tech can now confirm the identity of the 21-year-old student who was reported missing aboard the Carnival cruise ship Glory Sunday morning. The student is Cameron Smook of Glen Allen, Virginia, a senior majoring in mining and minerals engineering in the College of Engineering. The following is a statement from the family of Cameron Smook:
Our son, Cameron Smook, and several of his friends departed from Miami on Saturday, March 7 aboard the Carnival Glory for a Caribbean cruise. On Sunday morning, March 8 we were notified by Carnival Cruise Line officials that Cameron had accidentally fallen overboard during the night and was missing at sea. The United States Coast Guard was notified and began search and rescue efforts. After conducting an extensive air and sea search these efforts were suspended last evening pending further developments. We thank the Coast Guard for their outstanding service and for keeping us informed throughout this ordeal. Cameron, 21 years of age, is a graduate of Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Virginia, and was scheduled to graduate from Virginia Tech this spring with a degree in Mining Engineering. He thoroughly enjoyed his experiences at Virginia Tech, had just accepted an employment offer, and was looking forward to a very bright future. Our family sincerely appreciates your continued prayers and support at this most difficult time. We also request privacy and ask not to be contacted by members of the media. Memorial service details will be shared at a later date.
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Statement from Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands on Cameron Smook:
“The entire Virginia Tech community extends our deepest condolences and sympathies to Cameron’s family and friends at this moment of tragedy and grief,” said Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands. “My heart also goes out to our students and faculty who also feel tremendous sorrow at this loss. I know this is a strong and supportive community, and encourage us all to turn to one another for support and solace.”