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September 24, 2009

Cruise Passenger Missing Off Princess Ship


Today off the west coast of Canada a massive search-and-rescue operation is under way for a passenger who has gone missing from a Princess cruise ship. An unidentified U.S. citizen 67 years of age was noticed missing Wednesday after the 2,670 passenger Sapphire Princess docked in the port of Vancouver. It was the end of a 4 night Alaska cruise.

The Sapphire Princess departed Ketchikan late Monday and traveled down the Inside Passage to Vancouver until early Wednesday. Rescuers are now searching the entire route for the women; an area that stretched more than 500 miles.


The U.S. Coast Guard says during a search of the cruise ship on Wednesday, the women's belongings were found in her stateroom. The U.S. Coast Guard has deployed several aircraft and a rescue boat to try to find the passenger.

Princess Cruises issued a short statement on the missing passenger: "Yesterday morning when Sapphire Princess disembarked passengers at the conclusion of its Alaska cruise, records showed one passenger did not depart the ship," the statement reads. "Staff members subsequently went to the cabin of the passenger, a 67-year-old female U.S. citizen, and discovered her belongings, but we regret to say she is missing. We notified authorities and are offering our full cooperation in order to detemine where she is or what many have happened to her."

The statement also notes the Sapphire Princess ship is now heading south to begin Mexican Riviera cruises. This week's cruise to Alaska was the last of the season.

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Constable Lisa Ramsay of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the Vancouver Sun newspaper that a video camera captures images of the woman leaping from the back of the Sapphire Princess early Tuesday. "It appears to be a suicide. She was by herself, and the video shows her jumping." Ramsay tells the Sun.

The Vancouver Sun also reports the woman had a life-threatening illness, but her family was unaware she was suicidal. The news outlet says Princess found the video Thursday afternoon.

Carney Edelgar, 67, of Sutter Creek, CA was noticed missing Wednesday when the Sapphire Princess pulled into Vancouver at the end of a 4 night Alaska cruise. In a statement late Thursday, Princess said the passenger remained missing but it could not comment further on the case. "We continue to work closely with various investigating authorities, and we've been advised not to discuss any details of the incident, including potential evidence, or to speculate on the cause of the incident," the statement reads.

Written by Denise Blackmore

Posted by Denise at September 24, 2009 10:01 AM

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