US Coast Guard suspends search for missing man near Juneau

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Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 12:44 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 5:03 PM AKDT
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KODIAK, Alaska (KTUU) - The Coast Guard is suspending the search for a man who may have gone overboard on a cruise ship Monday night in Gastineau Channel.

At 10:45 p.m. Monday night, the Coast Guard in Juneau was notified that a 31-year-old man had possibly gone overboard from the Koningsdam cruise ship, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard spent more than 10 hours through the air and on the surface covering 38 square nautical miles.

“The decision to suspend active searching is based on a number of factors including weather, sea state, water temperature and other variables,” said Ens. Maximilian Carfagno, command duty officer at Sector Juneau. “The Coast Guard’s condolences go out to the family of the missing man during this difficult time.”

A statement from Holland America Line Tuesday said the man was a crew member on the Koningsdam, and reported missing shortly after the ship had left Juneau. The Coast Guard received assistance from the Eurodam cruise ship and began a search of the area.

The Koningsdam was just leaving downtown Juneau, and the Eurodam was anchored close by. The Eurodam said they heard shouting coming from the water, according to the Coast Guard. The Koningsdam crew confirmed a crew member was missing.

“A review of closed-circuit TV footage indicated the man likely went overboard intentionally,” the statement said.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew left Juneau at 11:05 p.m. and was at the scene 10 minutes later. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 helicopter arrived at about 12:40 a.m., according to the report. The Juneau Police Department and Captial City Fire and Rescue also helped in the search.

This incident is still being investigated.

Please call the Juneau Command Center at 907-463-2980 with any information.

This story has been updated with additional information.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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