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Man disappears from cruise ship with Jamaica stop

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2014 | 11:30 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP):

A 65-year-old man who vanished from a Canadian cruise ship that departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday and has port calls in Jamaica and Haiti is suspected to have fallen off the boat.

Cayman Islands police, yesterday, said the six-night cruise passenger, man may have fallen around dawn on Tuesday about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Grand Cayman.

They further said they interviewed staff and witnesses aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruises ship and were still investigating the disappearance.

"The Port Authority broadcasted an appeal to all marine traffic to be on the lookout for the missing passenger," police said in a statement.

The man's wife had reported him missing Tuesday morning as the Independence of the Seas ship prepared to dock at George Town Harbor.

Tracy Quan, a spokeswoman for Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises, said Wednesday the investigation was turned over to local authorities before the cruise ship departed and resumed its route.

She said the man's wife disembarked in Grand Cayman.

The man is the second Canadian passenger that has gone missing from a Royal Caribbean ship in recent days.

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