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Woman falls overboard on Norwegian Dawn

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 12 - 2008

Norwegian Pearl The Norwegian Dawn was headed for Bermuda from New York City when a 46-year-old woman went overboard at about 7:50 p.m approximately 45-miles Northeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey Sunday night. The Coast Guard was initially notified Sunday night at approximately 8:21 p.m. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City launched at 9 p.m., and arrived on scene at about 9:43 p.m. The helicopter crew conducted search patterns until 10:53 p.m. Then a rescue helicopter crew from a Coast Guard station in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. arrived at the scene at 12:05 a.m. Monday, and conducted search patterns until 3:05 a.m. when it returned to base due to inclement weather.

In a statement, Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship immediately began a search and rescue operation, but did not provide further details. On Monday, the Coast Guard said continuing winds over 50 mph and heavy rain prevented it from resuming the search.

Neither the cruise line nor the Coast Guard released the passenger’s name or residence.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of the guest during this difficult time,” said Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews.

The vessel was cleared to proceed on its scheduled itinerary and is set to arrive in Bermuda on Wednesday.

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