Norwegian Pearl
Photo By: Blake Handley (Creative Commons)

On Friday the U.S. Coast Guard reported that a search had been suspended for a crew member who went overboard an NCL cruise ship.

A 25-year-old female crew member went overboard the 93,530 gross ton Norwegian Pearl on Thursday morning. According to the Coast Guard, the ship’s crew said the woman went overboard. Since then the Coast Guard has been searching for 42 hours covering 340 square-miles in Lynn Canal with 13 different search patterns.

At the time the crew member went overboard the Norwegian Pearl was transiting Lynn Canal which is located in the southeast of Alaska.

Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Fleming, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Juneau said:

“We searched extensively with the Alaska State Troopers with multiple aircraft and surface resources for more than 42 hours. After saturating a search area of 340 square-miles in Lynn Canal with 13 different search patterns, we made the difficult decision to suspend the search after our combined efforts were not able to locate her.”

Sadly the Coast Guard ended the search at 4:28 on Friday afternoon. The 2,390 passenger ship is sailing an 8-day Alaska cruise which departed Seattle, Washington on September 4. The ship called at Ketchikan on Friday and then is calling in Victoria today. The cruise will end back at the homeport in Seattle on September 11.

This is the second tragic overboard this week, just yesterday a search was also suspended in the Bahamas for a female passenger who jumped off the Carnival Ecstasy. Our condolences go out to the crew members family and friends. Cruise Hive has contacted Norwegian Cruise Line for further details and will update this post once we get a response.