Monday, 24 September, 2018

Coast Guard crews search for man missing from cruise ship

Coast guard A search is underway off southwest Vancouver Island for a 73-year-old man who went into the water early this morning from a cruise ship
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 03:52

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria has confirmed the incident but says it is out of their jurisdiction because it happened in American waters.

The man was reported to have gone overboard off the balcony of his stateroom at around 4:15 a.m. into USA waters just northwest of the Olympic Peninsula.

The Vista was on the way from Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica during a cruise around the Caribbean that began Sunday and will end Saturday.

The Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship had reported a 73-year-old man went overboard at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim who were affected by this tragedy", said Capt. M.M. Balding, Sector Puget Sound Commanding Officer, in a news release.

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She says she was awakened around 4:30 a.m.by a breeze coming from an open balcony door.

The U.S. Coast guard used several surface vessels and at least one aircraft to search for the man, who was travelling on an 11-day cruise to Alaska.

The initial report from the Coast Guard was that the man had jumped from the 8th deck of the boat.

The cause of the incident is now under investigation.

The vessel was in US waters, just north of Cape Flattery, at the northwestern tip of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula.