Senior that went overboard on Vancouver-bound cruise ship found dead


Photo Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi U.S. Coast Guard District 13

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew has recovered the body of a 73-year-old man that went overboard near Cape Flattery on a cruise ship early Tuesday morning (July 10).

The man was traveling with his wife on an Alaskan cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner, which departed from Vancouver on June 30 and was scheduled to return on July 11.

The unresponsive man was transferred to emergency personnel on the shore. He was pronounced dead at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Washington.

The man was last seen by his wife around 4 a.m., who reported that she was woken up around 4:30 a.m. by a breeze coming from the open balcony door.

The captain of the vessel confirmed that there was a ship video showing a passenger going into the water from the 8th deck balcony at 4:15 a.m.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim who were affected by this tragedy,” says Capt. M.M. Balding, Sector Puget Sound Commanding Officer. “Any time we are unable to accomplish our goal of saving lives, we are deeply saddened. Our thoughts are with them in their time of grief.”

The USCG Pacific Northwest says cause of the incident is currently under investigation and “we have no indication of why the individual went overboard” in a tweet.

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