Juneau, Alaska (AP) —The US Coast Guard has suspended a search for a 40-year-old woman who has fallen overboard from a cruise ship in Inside Passage, Alaska.
The Coast Guard has finished its efforts after searching for women for about nine hours on Tuesday, said Coast Guard noncommissioned officer Ali Blackburn. The search was conducted by boat and helicopter in the waters near Eldred Rock on the Lynn Canal, about 20 miles (30 km) west of the capital city of Juneau.
According to the Coast Guard, the captain of the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice reported the missing woman at 3 am on Tuesday. Her name has not been published.
“Thanks to the search we conducted, it had negative consequences,” Blackburn said. It, coupled with an estimated survival time of 6.19 hours in the water, caused the Coast Guard to suspend the search, she said.
Survival was based on factors such as water temperature, temperature, and age. The temperature in Juneau was 51 degrees Fahrenheit (10.56 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday afternoon, and the National Meteorological Bureau said the water temperature was 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius).
Inside Passage is a historic north and south route for cruise ships and Alaska ferries through the waters of southeastern Alaska and British Columbia.