Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Ship Returns Without Missing Crew Member

The Amsterdam arrived at 4:30 a.m. According to Holland America cruise-line officials, an assistant cook was reported missing on Friday. The Coast Guard and a military plane searched an area 1,100 miles off the coast of Hawaii. Authorities said there was no sign of the missing man. Cruise line officials eventually called off the search and made the decision to return to San Diego.
MS Amsterdam
The 1,200 passengers on board the Amsterdam understood why officials made the decision to return to San Diego, despite the fact that they had to scramble to reschedule flights out of San Diego. "Most of them were very accepting," said passenger Barbara Holt. "I think everybody's feeling was that if it had been anybody who they had been close to, they would have wanted the same thing to have been done.
MS Amsterdam
Nobody was thrilled about being a day late, but there were not great grumblings." Authorities identified the missing man as a 30-year-old Filipino. Officials with Holland America said that -- based on private conversations they've had with family members -- there is no chance of foul play.

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