Search underway for missing cruise passenger

The Coast Guard is continuing its search for a passenger missing from the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl.

The 25-year-old woman, identified only as a Columbian national, disappeared from the vessel about 1:40 a.m. Thursday while it was in Lynn Canal between Funter Bay and Point Retreat. It’s not clear if the woman jumped or simply fell overboard.

The woman was not discovered as missing until 5 a.m. Thursday morning as the Norwegian Pearl was approaching Glacier Bay.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the incident.

Vince Grochowski, who is a search and rescue controller with Coast Guard Sector Juneau, said they’ve conducted at least seven searches in the area with a H-60 helicopter from Sitka and a 45-foot rescue boat.

The cutter Liberty also is on scene looking for the woman.

Based on the vessel’s security camera footage, the woman may have been wearing grey pants and a red knee-length jacket when she disappeared.

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