Harmony of the Seas: U.S. Coast Guard ends search for missing crew

Harmony of the Seas: U.S. Coast Guard ends search for missing crew

Harmony of the Seas. PHOTO CREDIT: MercoPress

The United States Coast Guard has suspended search for a missing crew member of Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship Harmony of the Seas.

The search operation was called off last Thursday, 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, after two days of scouring the seas.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico received a notification from the cruise ship on Tuesday, Christmas Day at approximately 1:45 p.m., stating that the 20-year old crew member, Arron Hough, had gone overboard. 

Hough, a Briton, was working as an entertainer on board the cruise ship.

“We are both shocked and saddened about the news concerning our Arron Hough. Our thoughts are with all of his friends and family and we hope for him to be found very soon,” Russel Smith Agency, London talent agency that represented Hough, said on Twitter.

“Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly,” Cmdr. Christopher Douglas, Coast Guard Sector San Juan chief of response, said, expressing his condolences to Hough’s family members.

Harmony of the Seas was sailing on a seven-night itinerary that departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 23, when the incident was reported.