Statendam Passenger Disappears Overboard

January 8, 2003

A solo-sailing gentleman on Holland America's Statendam, in the last night
of a 16-day Hawaii-to-San Diego cruise, disappeared last weekend and is
presumed dead. The unidentified passenger had been to dinner the night
before, as the ship was nearing Ensenada. The next morning, a crew member,
entering his cabin at 7 a.m., noticed the passenger, who wasn't in his
stateroom, "had taken no pains to pack," according to a Holland America
spokeswoman. Since embarkation was slated to start relatively soon after,
that raised concerns.  An extensive search began both on board and, via the
U.S. Coast Guard, at sea, to no avail. At this point, the spokeswoman says
the company has turned the matter over the port police in San Diego and has
no further information.