HONOLULU — A cruise ship that launched from San Francisco on Saturday is now stopped in the Pacific Ocean while a search is underway for a crewmember who went overboard.
The U.S. Coast Guard is now joining the search for the 34-year old Filipino national.
“At approximately 12:30 am Pacific Standard Time a 35 year-old Filipino male crew member went overboard from Grand Princess as the ship was halfway between San Francisco and Hilo, Hawaii,” Princess Cruise Lines said in a written statement. “Sadly, it has been confirmed from CCTV footage that this was an intentional act. The Grand Princess started its voyage in San Francisco. It’s now located about 1,133 miles northeast of Hilo, three days into a 15 day trip.”
The cruise ship’s sister ship the Star Princess and a nearby container ship the Horizon Reliance are both speeding to the area to join in the search.
The Grand Princess departed Saturday from the Port of San Francisco en route to Hilo. The ship is carrying 2,607 passengers and 1,088 crew, the Princess statement says.
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