Wednesday, May 18, 2005
An elderly Vietnamese-American couple disappeared during a Caribbean cruise and probably fell overboard, officials said yesterday. The 71-year-old man and 67-year-old woman aboard the Carnival Destiny ship disappeared sometime Thursday between the islands of Barbados and Aruba, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Omar Barrera said. "The only logical conclusion it that they somehow fell overboard," Barrera said. Investigators found a few of the couple's belongings, including a purse and sandals, out in the open on the third floor of the ship, Barrera said. There were no signs that it was a case of suicide, because the couple were reportedly in good health and did not appear to have any serious personal problems, he said. The ship cancelled its visit to Aruba in order to join a search for the couple. It later went to St. Maarten instead, the company said. The cruise ended on schedule in San Juan, Puerto Rico.