Coast Guard suspends Alaska search for overboard crew member

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Posted: Jul 03, 2015 9:44 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a cruise ship crew member who was reported overboard off Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers identified the Norwegian Sun crew member as 27-year-old Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago of Brazil. No hometown was given for de Miranda Santiago, who went missing Thursday south of Douglas Island.

Coast Guard Lt. Colin Boyle says footage from the security system of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship shows the crew member jumping overboard without a life jacket at 4:16 a.m. Thursday. The search was suspended shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

Troopers say they were notified shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. Troopers say the crew member was reported missing to the ship's security just before 2 p.m. Thursday.

"We were saddened to learn that a crew member aboard Norwegian Sun jumped overboard in the early morning of July 2, while the ship was sailing near Juneau," Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement issued Friday evening. "Norwegian is providing full support to the fellow crew members on board and our thoughts and prayers go out to the individual's family during this difficult time."