Search for missing Holland America passenger suspended

The United States Coast Guard has called off the active search for a missing passenger of Holland America’s Statendam cruise ship, who was said to be unaccounted for after the ship arrived in Seattle on Monday morning.

The missing 65-year-old man, a U.S. citizen, was confirmed aboard the ship by vessel staff when it departed Victoria, Canada, at 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Coast Guard crews were launched to initially search the ships route, but were diverted after Holland America personnel reported a review of shipboard security footage.

The search resumed northwest of Protection Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca but was suspended by 6:10 p.m. on Monday.

“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected, however, despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate the missing passenger,” said a command duty officer at Sector Puget Sound, Eric Cookson.

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