Thursday, September 24, 2009

Passenger Missing from Sapphire Princess

updated Sept 24, 8pm
A 67-year-old woman has been reported missing from Sapphire Princess. She was last confirmed onboard Monday afternoon when the ship departed Ketchikan, but did not disembark when the ship arrived at its next port of Vancouver early Wednesday morning at the end of the cruise.

Princess employees found the California woman's belongings still in her cabin Wednesday morning but did not find her aboard. At that point they notified the appropriate authorities, and the US Coast Guard and Canadian authorities began a search of the entire area between Ketchikan and Vancouver.

According to the Coast Guard, Princess reviewed their surveillance footage from the cruise, and it contains an image of the woman going overboard about 6am on Tuesday morning, which would have put the ship in open water 57 miles east of Graham Island, in Canadian territory.

Based on the location, the USCG suspended their search this afternoon. Based on survivability, the Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Center told CND they to have now suspended their search.

The ship was on a 4-night round trip cruise which departed September 19 from Vancouver and called only at Ketchikan.

Details appear in the September 24 edition of Cruise News Daily.