Coast Guard Halts Search for Ship Passenger Near Seattle

Strait of Juan de Fuca
Strait of Juan de Fuca (Photo: NOAA)

SEATTLE -- The Coast Guard says it has suspended its search for a passenger reported missing from a Holland America cruise ship in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca near Seattle.

The cruise line says the 64-year-old man was aboard the ship Statendam when it sailed from Victoria, British Columbia, Sunday night, but there's no sign he left the ship after it docked in Seattle on Monday.

Petty Officer Katelyn Shearer says Holland America reviewed surveillance video and determined the man's location was last known off the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Neither the Coast Guard nor Holland America would immediately say what the video showed.

The man was described as a U.S. citizen who had been traveling alone.

A Coast Guard duty officer, Eric Cookson, said Monday evening that the agency has been unable to locate the missing passenger after a search of more than six hours.

The Statendam was on a 14-day roundtrip cruise from Seattle to Alaska.

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