Search suspended for overboard passenger on cruise ship
The National Park Service suspended its search Saturday evening for a passenger who reportedly went overboard the Holland America Ship Westerdam Friday morning in Bartlett Cove, according to a NPS news release.
The 69-year-old male passenger was reported missing by his wife around 4:00 p.m. Friday. Concerns over his whereabouts mounted after he missed a medical appointment on board.
Preliminary review of CCTV footage indicates the man went overboard early that morning, according to Sally Andrews, a vice president of public relations with Holland Americas.
The ship;s staff notified the NPS Friday evening after a ship-wide search confirmed he was missing. NPS vessel-based and airborne searches were unable to locate the passenger.
A Coast Guard investigation into this incident is expected, according to the NPS.
Andrews released a statement Sunday on behalf of the company saying that "our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
The cruise ended in Seward on July 15.