73-year-old man dead after falling overboard off cruise ship headed for Victoria


A 73-year-old man has died after falling overboard from a cruise ship bound for Victoria Tuesday morning.

The United States Coast Guard Pacific Northwest first said on Twitter around 6:40 a.m. that the Captain of the Seven Seas Mariner confirmed a ship video that showed the 73-year-old man went overboard from the eighth deck of the vessel around 4:15 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard says a helicopter crew found and recovered the unresponsive elderly man. He was transferred to local Emergency Medical Service personnel waiting on shore and then to the 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 in a release.

“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.”

Photo courtesy marinetraffic.com/Les Blair.

Photo courtesy marinetraffic.com/Les Blair.


Although the Coast Guard said early in the search the man had “jumped” off the cruise ship, they updated that post to say they “have no indication of why the individual went overboard”.

The ship was off Cape Flattery on the northwest tip of Washington at the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca when the incident occurred.

The coast guard says the man’s wife last saw him around 4 a.m., saying she was woken up around 4:30 a.m. by a breeze coming from the balcony door that was cracked open.

The U.S. Coast Guard had one ship, the Cutter Wahoo from Station Neah Bay, and an air crew from Port Angeles respond.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria assisted with air assets.

The Seven Seas Mariner was scheduled to arrive at Ogden Point at 1:00 p.m., but is now scheduled for an 11 a.m. arrival.

The ship is 216 metres, or 709 feet, in length and carries up to 700 passengers.

The 73-year-old unresponsive man being unloaded from a U.S. Coast Guard helicpter

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter involved in the search pictured today (USGC)


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