ON GUARD – Staff Sgt. George Kendall of the Alaska National Guard in Anchorage, left, helps attendees at the Sitka Armory open house dress up in military police riot gear Wednesday night. The open house included information on the Guard's Explorer after-school program, which teaches leadership skills. The free program is open to high school students between the ages of 14 and 20. (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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