February 11, 2004
In a tragic occurrence, a cook trainee on Crystal Harmony has been reported missing from the ship while it was at Fanning Island, in the Pacific Ocean. Crystal Harmony's officers and staff have been conducting a "search and rescue" mission in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard. Crystal spokeswoman Mimi Weisband says that the cook trainee (also known as a potato peeler) "didn't report for work Sunday and was last seen on our security cameras on the mooring deck near the galley at about 1:00 a.m. earlier that morning." Weisband reports that "although we were originally scheduled to depart Fanning Island at 5 p.m., we had to depart at 2 p.m. on Sunday in connection with this search operation. The attempted rescue operation involved two aircraft that were dispatched from the Coast Guard to search the area. Crystal Harmony (staff and crew) also aided in search efforts and the ship was required to stand by in order to assist in the event of a possible rescue. "There does not appear to be any evidence of foul play," Weisband adds. The ship has since been released from the search area by the U.S. Coast Guard and the search for the crew member ultimately was unsuccessful. Crystal Harmony, according to Cruise Critic community member Mark Shapiro, who is onboard and who alerted us to the situation, was on its way to Hawaii -- and has resumed its scheduled itinerary.