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Missing cruise ship passenger search in Strait of Juan de Fuca suspended

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 65-year-old cruise ship passenger in the Strait of Juan de Fuca northwest of Protection Island, Wash.

65-year-old man was unaccounted for after Holland America vessel arrived in Seattle from B.C.

A man travelling on the SS Statendam has gone missing between Victoria and Seattle. (hollandamerica.com)

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 65-year-old cruise ship passenger in the Strait of Juan de Fuca northwest of Protection Island, Wash.

The man was on the Holland America vessel when it left Victoria at 11 p.m. PT Sunday, but was unaccounted for Monday morning, when the ship docked in Seattle.

After ship personnel suggested the Coast Guard review onboard security footage, the search was narrowed to the specific area around Protection Island, with crews from four separate surrounding areas taking part in the operation.

The search was focused on the waters near Protection Island, Wash. (http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/)

The Coast Guard said it searched for more than six hours over 230 miles, but decided to suspend the search just after 6 p.m. PT on Monday. 

"We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected, however, despite our best efforts we have been unable to locate the missing passenger," said Eric Cookson, a command duty officer at Sector Puget Sound. 

Mariners transiting through the area are urged to keep a sharp lookout for any signs of distress and report it to the Coast Guard.

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