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Cruise ship passenger dead

A passenger aboard the Holland America cruise ship Maasdam is dead and an investigation is underway to find out how died in the Northuberland Strait.

The Holland America Line statement issued Tuesday, says it’s “thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. “On October 4, 2011, shortly after arriving in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, a 75-year-old male guest aboard ms Maasdam was reported missing by his wife at approximately 8:12 a.m. local time,” said the statement. “The ship immediately began a ship-wide search and did not locate the guest.”

“Per marine regulation and protocol, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and local law enforcement authorities were also contacted with all known information and the ship’s earlier course,” said the Holland America statement.

“The Sydney, Nova Scotia, branch of (the Coast Guard) launched a search along the route the ship transited,” said the statement. “The body was discovered by a local fisherman and positively identified at 11:00 a.m. local time.

There was speculation that the Maasdam would spend the night in Charlottetown due to the forecasted storm, but it left port as scheduled around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy has been ordered.

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