Woman overboard in Lynn Canal, search suspended

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY, Lori James) - The Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers have suspended the search for a missing 25-year-old woman who went into the water while aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl Friday afternoon around 4:30.

    The crew of the Norwegian Pearl say the crewmember, Natalia Molina of Colombia, had gone overboard Thursday morning while the Norwegian Pearl was transiting Lynn Canal.

    Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Fleming, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Juneau, says they searched for more than 42 hours, saturating a search area of 340 square-miles in Lynn Canal.

    The 17th Coast Guard District command center coordinated the search which included Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crews, Coast Guard Station Ketchikan response boat crews, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty and Alaska State Trooper fixed-wing aircraft and response boat crews.

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