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Body recovered of man who went overboard from cruise ship off Neah Bay

A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles transfers an unresponsive individual to local Emergency Medical Service personnel after recovering him the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca on July 10, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.)

CAPE FLATTERY, Wash. - Coast Guard crews have recovered the body of a man who went overboard off a cruise ship near Neah Bay early Tuesday morning.

The ship, the Seven Seas Mariner, reported that the missing 73-year-old man was last seen by his wife around 4 a.m. Tuesday. She reported that she was awakened around 4:30 a.m. by a breeze coming from the balcony door cracked open - but there was no sign of her husband.

The ship's captain said that an onboard video showed a passenger apparently falling or jumping from the 8th-deck balcony at 4:15 a.m.

Two search helicopters and three rescue boats searched the nearby water, eventually locating the unconscious man Tuesday afternoon. He was flown to a Port Angeles hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Coast Guard said there is no indication of why the man went overboard. An investigation will help determine what happened.

The Seven Seas Mariner sails between Vancouver, B.C., and ports in Alaska.

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