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Search for Overboard Crew Member From MS Koningsdam Called Off

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The U.S. Coast Guard ended the search for the missing 31-year-old man who have gone overboard from the cruise ship MS Koningsdam on Monday night near Juneau, Alaska.

Holland America Line said that the man was a crew member and was reported missing after the ship left Juneau. The cruise line didn’t reveal the nationality or the department the crew member was working aboard.

"A review of closed-circuit TV footage showed that the man probably overdid it on purpose," the statement said.

The US Coast Guard was notified and began a search with the help of another cruise ship, the Eurodam, the statement said. "Both vessels remained in the area for several hours as the search continued before being released by the Coast Guard in the early hours of the morning," the statement said.

"All of us at Holland America Line are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time," the statement said. "We are offering counseling services to team members and guests who may have been affected by this incident."

The Coast Guard said the crew of the Eurodam reported, “hearing shouting from the water alerted it late Monday.

The Coast Guard announced Tuesday afternoon that it had suspended the search. The Coast Guard said said that the cause of the incident is under investigation.

"We searched 38 nautical miles around the area for about 11 hours and decided to call off the search with no results," Coastguard Petty Officer Ian Gray said.

Our deepest condolences to the crewmember's family and his fellow team members. This is a big tragedy for the entire crew community.