Update: Passenger Missing from Princess Cruise Ship in Alaska

September 24, 2009
Sapphire Princess (5 p.m. EDT) -- Princess Cruises has issued the following statement on the passenger who went missing during an Alaska cruise:

"We regret to confirm that the passenger from Sapphire Princess remains missing.

"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.

"In the meantime, we are providing support to her family during this difficult time."

(9:45 a.m. EDT) -- A search is underway for a 67-year-old female cruise passenger who has been reported missing from Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess.

The ship arrived back in Vancouver yesterday after a four-day cruise to Alaska, which included a call in Ketchikan on Monday. Princess has confirmed that staff became aware that the woman was missing after she didn't disembark the ship on Wednesday. Crew went to the cabin and found her belongings, but there was no sign of her.

The U.S Coast Guard launched a search yesterday using a helicopter, aircraft and boat from Ketchikan.

The U.S. authorities are searching an area from Ketchikan to Canada that spans 86 miles, while the Canadian rescue teams are searching an area from Vancouver north to Hecate Strait.

--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor