CBC News Canada is reporting that a 75 year-old passenger from the Holland America Line MS Maasdam was reported missing by his wife shortly after 8 AM. yesterday after the HAL cruise ship docked in Charlottetown, Canada.
The Maasdam left from Montreal on Saturday on a seven-day cruise,
The newspaper states that the vessel’s crew conducted a shipwide search but could not locate the passenger on the cruise ship. The Canadian Coast Guard searched the cruise ship’s route but could not locate the man.
According to the newspaper, a lobster fisherman found a body around 8:30 AM. in the Northumberland Strait near western Prince Edward Island.
The cruise line confirmed that the body was that of a passenger from the cruise ship, although the Canadian police have not yet confirmed that the body was the missing passenger. An autopsy has been requested.
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October 5, 2011 Update:
The CBC News identifies the deceased passenger as William Cureton, age 75, of Port Dover, Ontario.
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