Body found on Cat Island believed to man who fell off cruise ship
By TRACY DASH
THE SUN HERALD
GULFPORT - The body of a man who fell from a cruise ship early Sunday was found Tuesday morning near Cat Island.
The ship was headed to Gulfport on Sunday when Matthew Scott Bjorn, 35, of Northport, Ala., fell overboard about 10 miles from port.
Bjorn and his wife of seven days, Renee Bjorn, 37, were on their honeymoon.
Authorities said they believe the body is Bjorn because the clothing on the body matches the description of the clothes Bjorn was wearing.
According to investigators, Bjorn fell from a 10th-floor balcony on the Carnival Conquest between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday into a shipping channel in the Gulf of Mexico about six miles south of the shoreline. He and his wife were attending a party.
Renee Bjorn said her husband had climbed over the railing to show her how he was doing chin-ups earlier that evening. He lost his footing and fell overboard when he was trying to climb back over the railing.