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U.S. Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing ms Rotterdam Crew Member

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for the missing Holland America Line crew member who went overboard from the cruise ship ms Rotterdam, 20 miles south of Marathon. The search for the 33-year-old man has been suspended after covering over 538 square nautical miles, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The incident came to light when the Rotterdam docked in Fort Lauderdale on a Saturday morning. It was then that Holland America Line, reported the crew member missing. Further review of the ship's CCTV footage showed the man “purposefully going” overboard the previous night. 

Local authorities, including the Broward County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene. Their Homicide and Crime Scene units have begun investigating the incident at Port Everglades.

Holland America shared the follwoing statement with CBS News Miami:

"All of us at Holland America Line are deeply saddened by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the team member's family at this difficult time," the cruise line 
During this incredibly difficult time, our hearts go out to the family and to each crew member who knew and worked alongside the missing crew member.