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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Coast Guard continues to search for overboard cruise ship crew member

Advertiser Staff

The U.S. Coast Guard will resume searching for a missing Japanese cruise ship member who went overboard the Pacific Venus on Saturday when it was south of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, according to officials.

The ship, on its way back to Japan, reported the 24-year-old crew member went overboard at 2 p.m. Saturday and called the U.S. Coast Guard at 5 p.m. for help, the Coast Guard said in a prepared statement.
The Coast Guard launched two C-130s to search the area today first at 5 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. The aircraft searched the crew member's last known position for five hours this afternoon before landing at Midway Atoll for the night.
Meanwhile a Japanese training sailing vessel will search through the night.
The 550-foot cruise ship was about 300 miles southwest of Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands when it first reported the crew member missing. The Pacific Venus has notified the missing crew member's family in Japan.