Search suspended for overboard passenger on cruise ship

Published: Jul. 15, 2018 at 10:45 AM AKDT
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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.

This is a developing story.