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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At a Glance

(updated 5-30-2023)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:15 pm Tuesday, May 30.

New cases as of Tuesday: 165

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 298,078

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 22.64

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,424

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






June 2003

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