Nfld. & Labrador

German singer goes overboard from cruise ship near Newfoundland

Daniel Kueblboeck, a contestant in 2003 on talent search show Germany Seeks the Superstar, went missing from a cruise ship en route to St. John's.

Daniel Kueblboeck, from the German version of Pop Idol, missing on holiday cruise from Hamburg to New York

The cruise ship AidaLuna enters St. John's Harbour through the narrows in September 2016. The AidaLuna was due in St. John's on Sunday afternoon but has been delayed after a man has reportedly gone overboard. (Submitted by Will Gin)


  • The search for Daniel Küblböck has ended, with no sign of the man, Monday 11 a.m. NT

A German singer is reportedly missing from a holiday cruise off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Daniel Kueblboeck, 33, a contestant in 2003 on Germany Seeks the Superstar — the German version of talent search show Pop Idol — has gone overboard from the ship, which was travelling from Hamburg to New York, according to Aida Cruises.

Kueblboeck released four successful singles and an album, as well as appearing in other reality TV shows. 

The coast guard confirmed Sunday afternoon that the search for Kueblboeck is ongoing about 200 kilometres north of St. John's.

A Canadian Armed Forces Cormorant helicopter and a Provincial Airlines surveillance aircraft were aided in the search by the AidaLuna and a second cruise ship from the Aida Cruise company.

Two Canadian Coast Guard ships also arrived in the area around 3:30 p.m. to assist with the search.

The Canadian Coast Guard says the search for Daniel Kueblboeck is ongoing about 200 km north of St. John's. (Maritime Forces Atlantic/Submitted)

Kueblboeck was a passenger on the AidaLuna, which was due into St. John's on Sunday afternoon. The ship sent an alert to the Canadian Coast Guard around 6 a.m.

Aida Cruises confirmed via Twitter late Sunday morning that a person jumped overboard early Sunday. Ship staff carried out a cabin check and confirmed that the missing person was Kueblboeck.

"The ship was stopped as a precaution and returned to the place" where Kueblboeck went overboard, the company tweeted.

In a series of tweets late Sunday morning NT, translated from German, Aida Cruises confirms that Daniel Kueblboeck is missing from the AidaLuna after a person jumped overboard earlier in the day. (Twitter)

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