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Missing cruise passenger may have fallen off ship

A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard has reported that searchers who are looking for a passenger believed to have fallen off a cruise ship located off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula have had no sight of her so far.

The Norwegian Pearl, a cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, is currently on a seven-day cruise around the Caribbean.

The spokesman, Miami-based Lt. Matt Moorlag, said that crews would continue working into the night in an attempt to find Jennifer Feitz, the 33-year-old passenger who was reported missing by her husband on Friday afternoon.

When ship personnel couldn’t find Feitz, they called the Coast Guard for assistance.

Crews had centered their search in an area approximately 15mi east of Cancun, Mexico, another Coast Guard spokesman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen, indicated.

“Initial reports indicate the guest may have gone overboard while the ship was at sea, east of Cancun,” AnneMarie Mathews, a spokeswoman for Norwegian Cruise Line, said in a statement.

She indicated that the cruise ship sailed from Miami on Sunday for a seven-day cruise of the western Caribbean.

The Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 fixed-wing aircraft crew and an HU-25 Falcon jet crew, from different bases in Florida, Ameen noted.

In addition, the Mexican government was assisting in the search with three water and ground-surface crews, as well as a helicopter crew.

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