Coast Guard searching for missing cruise ship crewmember south of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Coast Guard Cutter Confidence file photo

Coast Guard Cutter Confidence file photo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a MSC Seaside crewmember Wednesday who went overboard, 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.

Watchstanders diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence, launched a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat from Coast Guard Boat Forces Detachment St. Thomas and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen that are currently on scene searching.

The MSC Seaside continues to search on scene. The cruise ship was transiting from the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten to San Juan, Puerto Rico when the incident took place.

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