Crewmember Missing After Falling from Princess Cruise Ship

Mike Schuler
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January 7, 2014

MS Grand Princess. Photo (c) Princess Cruises

A search is underway today for a missing crewmember reported to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship more than 1,000 miles from Hawaii.

The Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center was notified at approximately 12 a.m. Tuesday that a 34-year-old Filipino crewmember fell overboard from the Grand Princess approximately 1,133 miles northeast of Hilo.The crewmember was last seen at approximately 10:26 p.m., Monday, the Coast Guard said.

A search involving a Coast Guard aircraft, the AMVER-participating containership, Horizon Reliance, and the cruise ship itself is currently underway. Grand Princess’s sister ship, Star Princess, has also been diverted to the assist in the search.

Weather conditions on scene are winds of approximately 20 mph, seas of 7 feet and a water temperature of approximately 70 degrees, the Coast Guard said.

The Grand Princess is owned by Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, and can accommodate 3,100 passengers and 1,100 crew.

Cruise lines have been under pressure recently to enhance man overboard detection systems on ships due to the number of passengers who go missing and are believed to have fallen overboard.

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