Coast Guard suspends search for missing cruise ship passenger

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard suspended the search for a 46-year-old female passenger who fell overboard from the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn at approximately 7:50 p.m., 45-miles Northeast of Atlantic City, N.J., Sunday night.

The Coast Guard launched helicopters from Air Station’s Atlantic City, N.J., and Cape Cod, Mass. Helicopter crews searched on scene for seven hours, and a total of 59-square-miles. Gale force winds and heavy seas severely hampered the effectiveness of the search. In addition, the Norwegian Dawn assisted in the search by throwing life rings into the water and deploying a small boat with rescue personnel.

Current weather conditions of the search area have low visibility with seas of 13-feet with and gale force winds in excess of 40 knots.

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