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Search Suspended – presumed dead

Multiple agencies suspended the search for a missing 25-year-old woman who went into the water from aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl.

The crew of the Norwegian Pearl reported the woman crew-member from the vessel, had gone overboard Thursday morning while the Norwegian Pearl was transiting Lynn Canal.

“We searched extensively with the Alaska State Troopers with multiple aircraft and surface resources for more than 42 hours,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Fleming, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “After saturating a search area of 340 square-miles in Lynn Canal with 13 different search patterns, we made the difficult decision to suspend the search after our combined efforts were not able to locate her.”

The Sector Juneau command center coordinated the search which included Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crews, Coast Guard Station Juneau response boat crews, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty and Alaska State Trooper fixed-wing aircraft and response boat crews.

The search is suspended pending any further developments.

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