The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — The Coast Guard suspended a search, pending further developments, for a missing Celebrity Summit cruise ship crewmember Monday night off the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico. Missing is a 30-year-old woman, Filipino national, who worked as a bartender aboard the cruise ship and reportedly was last seen jumping overboard Sunday morning, approximately six and a half nautical miles off the northeastern coast of Culebra Island, Puerto Rico.
â€œOur thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the missing crewmember,â€ said Capt. Drew W. Pearson, Sector San Juan commander.
The Celebrity Summit was transiting from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the eastern-most Caribbean island of Barbados at the time the incident occurred.
Coast Guard Watchstanders received notification of the incident from the cruise ship at approximately 12:50 a.m. Sunday.
Since the search began Sunday, Coast Guard rescue crews conducted 10 aerial and seven surface searches, spanning out approximately 2,000 square nautical miles, covering a total search area approximately two thirds the size of Puerto Rico. Coast Guard rescue crews conducted the search aboard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla, an HC-130 aircraft from Clearwater Fla., a Coast Guard 45-foot response boat medium and the Coast Guard Cutter Cushing. A Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine unit also assisted with the search efforts.
Coast Guard Cutter Cushing is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.