Coast Guard suspends search for cruise ship crewmember

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers suspended the search for a missing 25-year-old woman who went into the water while aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl at 4:28 p.m. Friday.

The crew of Norwegian Pearl reported the woman, a crewmember aboard the vessel, had gone overboard Thursday morning while Norwegian Pearl was transiting Lynn Canal.

"We searched extensively with the Alaska State Troopers with multiple aircraft and surface resources for more than 42 hours," said Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Fleming, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Juneau. "After saturating a search area of 340 square miles in Lynn Canal with 13 different search patterns, we made the difficult decision to suspend the search after our combined efforts were not able to locate her."

The 17th Coast Guard District command center coordinated the search which included Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crews, Coast Guard Station Ketchikan response boat crews, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Liberty and Alaska State Trooper fixed-wing aircraft and response boat crews.

The search is suspended pending any further developments.

By Professional Mariner Staff