Cruise ship says passenger's body found near P.E.I.

An elderly man whose body was pulled from the Northumberland Strait near western P.E.I. was a guest on a cruise ship, Holland America Line has confirmed.

Police have not confirmed body was from ship

The cruise ship ms Maasdam enters St. John's harbour in July 2007. A 75-year-old elderly man was reported missing from the ship after it docked in Charlottetown on Oct. 4, 2011. (CBC)

An elderly man whose body was pulled from the Northumberland Strait near western P.E.I. was a guest on a cruise ship, Holland America Line has confirmed.

The 75-year-old man was reported missing by his wife shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday after the MS Maasdam docked in Charlottetown. 

Crew on the ship, which left from Montreal on Saturday on a seven-day cruise, conducted a shipwide search but failed to locate the man.

The Canadian Coast Guard and local law enforcement were contacted but a search of the ship's route did not locate the man.

A lobster fisherman found a body, which was brought to a wharf in Abram-Village around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The cruise line Holland America issued a press release confirming the body was their passenger.

Police had earlier said they were trying to match the body to that of a man who was reported missing. Police have not yet confirmed the body was from the ship.

Police also said an autopsy was ordered.

In a statement, Holland America said it operates a "comprehensive program to ensure the safety and security of its guests and ship personnel."