Coast Guard recovers body of man missing from cruise ship

Seven Seas Mariner

The Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship is seen in this image from the Regent Seven Seas Cruises website

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

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.

The Vista was on the way from Miami to Ocho Rios, Jamaica during a cruise around the Caribbean that began Sunday and will end Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command Center watchstanders received communication from the cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner reporting a 73-year-old male had gone overboard at approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning. The body of a 73-year-old man was recovered Tuesday afternoon.

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"She was woken by a breeze coming from the balcony door that was cracked open", said petty officer Ali Flockerzi.

At least one Canadian plane has been assigned to the search, but officials with the Vancouver-Island-based Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says it is not handling the case since it happened in USA waters.

The captain of the Seven Seas Mariner confirmed that ship video shows a passenger going overboard from an 8th deck balcony at 4:15 a.m.

The vessel was in USA waters, just north of Cape Flattery, at the northwestern tip of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula.

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