November 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM
No sign of Olympia man missing from Caribbean cruise ship
The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard has searched for a second day for an Olympia man missing from his Caribbean cruise but found no sign of him.
Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad tells The Associated Press that two ships and a plane based in Florida were searching the ocean northwest of Puerto Rico on Friday. He said it remained an active search effort.
The 42-year-old man was identified as Jason Rappe of Olympia, who had been on board the Holland America Line cruise ship Eurodam. The ship was traveling from St. Thomas to the Bahamas when he was reported missing by his wife on Thursday. Rappe’s baseball cap was found on one of the decks and he is believed to have gone overboard.
“At this point, we are actively searching,” Castrodad told The Associated Press. “We are hoping to find a survivor.”
He said the Coast Guard had not decided how long it would search. He said such decisions are made on a case by case basis depending on such factors as the weather and the physical condition of the missing person.
The ship turned around to join the search, but Holland America spokeswoman Sally Andrews said the ship had since resumed its voyage. It was scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday.
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