Crew Member Reported Missing on Norwegian Pearl

Sep 10, 2016

NCL crew member was reported missing on Norwegian Pearl on Thursday, while the ship was sailing in Lynn Canal, Alaska, Cruise Law News website reports. The 25-year-old Colombian woman, disappeared from the cruise ship at around 1:40 a.m. The crew member was reported missing at 5 a.m. when she didn’t report on duty. Onboard security viewed the CCTV cameras which revealed she had gone overboard while Norwegian Perl was sailing towards Glacier Bay. Based on the CCTV footage, the woman was wearing grey pants and a red knee-length jacket at the time of her disappearance.

The Coast Guard was notified by the bridge at around 5:30 a.m. and search and rescue operation was under way involving H-60 helicopter and 45-foot Coast Guard Cutter. Despite their best efforts Coast Guard couldn’t locate the crew member and suspended the search on Friday at 4 p.m.

According to Alaska search and rescue organization MATSAR, the missing crew member was Natalia Molina, age 25, of Colombia. Her family was notified about her tragic disappearance.

Dona Carmen from MATSAR said “On 9-8-16, at approximately 0700 hours, the United States Coast Guard initiated a Search and Rescue for Natalia Molina, age 25, of Colombia after it was learned she fell overboard from the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl near Funter Bay. The United States Coast Guard and Alaska Wildlife Troopers sent air and vessel assets to the search area and were unable to locate Molina. The search was suspended on 9-9-16, at approximately 1600 hours. Next of kin have been updated.”

This is second Norwegian Cruise Line crew member overboard in seven months. Filipino crew member Dominic Santiago Gubertino age 55, working on Norwegian Sun went overboard in Chile. Upon arrival in the port of Chacabuco his friends realized he was missing. After security officers reviewed the CCTV cameras they found out he went overboard at 06.41 a.m. on 16.02.2016.

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