Coast Guard crews search for missing cruise ship passenger

17th Coast Guard District NewsANCHORAGE, Alaska – Coast Guard search and rescue crews are searching for a missing passenger from the Holland America cruise ship Oosterdam who reportedly disappeared early Friday morning while the vessel was transiting from Sitka to Ketchikan.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received notification at 4 p.m. from the cruise line reporting that a 20-year-old Fallbrook, Calif. man was missing and had possibly gone overboard between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. The Coast Guard was notified after an initial preliminary search of the ship did not locate the missing man.

Upon receiving notification, Sector Juneau search and rescue coordinators directed the launch of an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, a Small Boat Station Ketchikan 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and the crews of the Ketchikan-based Coast Guard Cutter Naushon.

The Jayhawk crew arrived south of Ketchikan at 5:50 p.m. and has searched the waters near Snow Pass. Both the MLB and Naushon crews are still transiting to the area.

The cruise ship crew has conducted a thorough search of the Oosterdam, with no sign of the missing man.

The man was reported missing by family members when he did not arrive to exit from the cruise ship in Ketchikan as scheduled.

Weather in the search area is reported as clear with winds of 10 mph, and calm seas.

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