Coast Guard ends search for cruise ship crewmember

Coast Guard Cutter Confidence file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal.

Coast Guard Cutter Confidence file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews have ended their search for a cruise ship MSC Seaside crewmember, approximately 8 nautical miles southeast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Missing is Michael M. Majaba, 37, of the Philippines.

Majaba reportedly went overboard from the seventh deck of the Maltese-flagged cruise ship at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday. The cruise ship crew launched a search and contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at approximately 4 a.m. alerting them of the situation.

Coast Guard rescue crews comprised of a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft–Law Enforcement response boat from Coast Guard Boat Forces Saint Thomas and the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence conducted five air and three surface searches covering an area of approximately 1,216 square nautical miles.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of Majaba and the MSC Seaside crew during this difficult time,” said Capt. Eric King, Sector San Juan commander.

The Motor Tanker Rose and the cruise ship Carnival Glory also assisted the MSC Seaside in the search for Majaba.

The cruise ship was transiting from the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten to San Juan, Puerto Rico when the incident took place.

The Confidence is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Port Canaveral Fla.

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