Search suspended for overboard cruise employee near Sitka
The U.S. Coast Guard says they have suspended the search for a crewman who fell overboard from the cruise ship Amsterdam near Sitka Sound Thursday night.
Around 9 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report that a crew member went missing from the 780-foot cruise ship after he didn't show up for his shift-- the master was made aware of his disappearance at 7:45 p.m., according to a release from the Coast Guard. The 35-year-old was last seen around 6 p.m. on Thursday.
"The Amsterdam crew made extensive searches of the vessel, and turned the vessel around toward its last known position to search the water but have since continued its voyage toward Victoria, British Columbia," according to the release.
Around 1 a.m., an MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew arrived at Sitka Sound, off Biorka Island and began to search.
"It’s never an easy decision to suspend a search,” said Cmdr. Byron Hayes, Sector Juneau search and rescue mission coordinator. "Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this man."
Weather at the scene was reportedly 45-mph winds, low visibility, 7-10 foot seas, a water temperature of 55 degrees and an air temperature of 62 degrees.
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