Coast Guard crew recovers body of man who disappeared from cruise ship

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew recovered the body of a 73-year-old male who went overboard early Tuesday from a cruise ship off Cape Flattery, around the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The crew brought the unresponsive individual from the water to local emergency personnel on shore before he was transferred to Olympic Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim who were affected by this tragedy,” said 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 cruise ship, Seven Seas Mariner, goes from Prince Rupert, Canada to Victoria B.C.

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 cracked-open balcony door.

The cruise ship captain confirmed through the ship surveillance that the man went overboard from the eighth-deck balcony at 4:15 am.

KIRO 7 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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