Search continues for cruise passenger missing in Pacific

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The search continues for a passenger reported overboard from a cruise ship approximately 750 miles northeast of Hilo Wednesday.

The total search area currently covers approximately 7,000 square miles.

Two Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point searched an area of approximately 3,000 square miles.

A Navy P-3 Orion airplane crew from Navy Patrol Squadron FOUR based at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe also joined the search Thursday and has covered approximately 4,300 square miles. As part of the AMVER program, the commercial tug and barge Moku Pahu has searched approximately 127 square miles. The Grand Princess also continues to search.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday by the crew of the cruise ship Grand Princess that an American female was overboard. The initial report stated the passenger was 30 years old, but recent information indicates she is 54 years old.

The passenger was last seen at approximately 12 p.m. Wednesday.

AMVER, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With Amver, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

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