Nfld. & Labrador

Search called off for German pop singer who went overboard from cruise ship

The search for German pop singer Daniel Kueblboeck, 33, who went overboard from a cruise ship off Newfoundland's coast has ended with no sign of the man.

Case of Daniel Kueblboeck, 33, handed to RCMP as missing person file after lengthy search off Newfoundland

Daniel Kueblboeck looks on during the television competition 'Let's Dance' in Cologne, Germany in 2015. (Getty Images)

The search for a German pop singer who went overboard from a cruise ship off Newfoundland's coast has ended with no sign of the man. 

Daniel Kueblboeck, 33, was reported missing from the AidaLuna early Sunday morning about 200 kilometres north of St. John's.

An exhaustive air and sea search was underway, but as of early afternoon on Monday, the Joint Task Force Atlantic said that search has wrapped up with no sign of Kueblboeck.

It will now be handed over to the RCMP as a missing person file, JTF tweeted.

The effort involved 80 combined hours of searching by four ships and two aircraft, covering a 1,227-square nautical mile area, according to a Canadian Armed Forces media release Monday.

"Unfortunately, no sign of Mr. Kueblboeck was found and given the short survivability time due to the temperature of the water at this time of year, the difficult decision was made to end the search," said a Canadian Armed Forces spokesperson in a media release.

The cruise ship AidaLuna enters St. John's Harbour through the narrows in September 2016. The AidaLuna was to arrive in St. John's but cancelled its stop in the city. (Submitted by Will Gin)

"Mr. Kueblboeck's next of kin are being assisted by the Aida Cruise Lines company and our thoughts are with them during this very difficult time."

The search was wrapped up at 11 a.m. NT on Monday.

Extensive resources used in search

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax received a request for help around 6 a.m. NT, and a Cormorant helicopter was dispatched to the area from Canadian Forces Base Gander, with a surveillance aircraft from Provincial Airlines also sent. The search was co-ordinated by the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in St. John's with support from Halifax's JRCC.

Holland America's cruise ship Zuiderdam also assisted in the search, until it was relieved by the Canadian Coast Guard ships Wilfred Grenfell and George R. Pearkes, which arrived in the area around 3:30 p.m. Sunday to help with the search.

The Zuiderdam then continued on its itinerary, cancelling its planned stop in St. John's, and the AidaLuna left the scene around dusk on Sunday, also skipping St. John's.

The search for Daniel Kueblboeck has ended and will now be handed over to the RCMP to be treated as a missing persons case. (Maritime Forces Atlantic/Submitted)

One coast guard ship remained on scene overnight, with the other returning to base.

Kueblboeck​ was a 2003 contestant on Germany Seeks the Superstar, the German version of Pop Idol.

On Monday morning, Aida Cruises tweeted, in German, "In this difficult time our thoughts are with the family of the missing."

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