FINAL TOUR – Sitka High School senior Kyle England is congratulated as he and his classmates tour Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School this morning. The graduating class took the traditional final lap around Baranof Elementary School, Blatchley Middle School and Keet, and visited with teachers. About a quarter of the graduates have parents who work for the Sitka School District. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Search Under Way For Passenger Off Cruise Ship in SE

By Sentinel Staff

Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard were searching in Lynn Canal today for a 25-year-old cruise ship passenger who reportedly “fell into the ocean” Wednesday night or this morning, the Coast Guard said.

The woman was reported missing from the Norwegian Pearl at 5:30 a.m. today when someone noticed that she was not in her stateroom. Security video footage showed she had gone overboard while the vessel was under way, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka launched a search helicopter at 6:30 a.m. today. No signs of the missing passenger were reported by press time today, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, Coast Guard spokesman in Juneau.
Along with the Alaska State Troopers, the Juneau-based 45-foot Coast Guard Cutter Liberty and also was taking part in the search today.


The Norwegian Pearl was on an eight-day round cruise from Seattle to Glacier Bay, Sept. 4-11, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria, B.C.

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