Alaska News

Crewman reported overboard from cruise ship in Southeast Alaska

A crewman is missing from a cruise ship in Alaska waters.

The Coast Guard searched by helicopter in Sitka Sound for a 35-year-old man reported overboard from the 780-foot cruise ship Amsterdam.

The man was last seen on the ship at 6 p.m. Thursday. He did not show up for a work shift, and other crewman and alerted the vessel's captain at about 7:45 p.m.

The crew turned the vessel around and searched but have since continued south toward Victoria, British Columbia.

Ship officials notified the Coast Guard of the missing man at 9 p.m. The helicopter crew began searching off Biorka Island at 1 a.m. Friday.

The Coast Guard suspended its search Friday afternoon, according to a statement.

The Coast Guard reports wind in the area at 45 mph, waves to 10 feet and heavy fog.