Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Passenger who went overboard from B.C.-bound cruise has died

Man falls overboard from cruise ship off B.C. coast Search underway off BC coast for man who went overboard from cruise ship
Jeannette Daniel | 12 July, 2018, 22:18

There was no sign of her 73-year-old husband.

A man who went overboard from a Victoria-bound cruise ship has been recovered in waters off southwest Vancouver Island and pronounced dead in hospital.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew recovered the unresponsive man from the water Tuesday afternoon and flew him to a waiting Emergency Medical Service crew on shore.

"Any time we are unable to accomplish our goal of saving lives, we are deeply saddened", said Coast Guard Capt. M.M. Balding in a statement.

The 73-year-old man had reportedly gone overboard the cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner at 4:30 a.m. that morning. "Our thoughts are with them in their time of grief".

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The ship's captain also confirmed to USCG that there is video footage showing the passenger "jumping" from the eighth-deck balcony at around 4:15 am.

The U.S. Coast Guard had one ship, the Cutter Wahoo from Station Neah Bay, and an air crew from Port Angeles respond.

The Coast Guard later said officials had no indication of what led the person to go overboard.

The Carnival Vista was heading from Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, sailing around the north-eastern corner of Cuba, when the Carnival cruise ship contacted the Coast Guard for medical assistance.

The ship, the Seven Seas Mariner, is on its way back to Vancouver from Alaska and is scheduled to stop in Victoria later Tuesday.

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