We were notified a few minutes ago that a passenger has gone overboard from the Costa Classica cruise ship after the ship sailed from Casablanca, Morocco.
The AIS tracking shows the cruise ship searching for the passenger.
A person from the ship contacted us about the man overboard and indicated that it was a male passenger.
It appears that the ship performed a Willamson turn to try and locate the person and then has been sailing in circles.
The cruise ship was sailing to Funchal, Madeira (autonomous Portugese island).
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Update: The AIS tracking showed the cruise ship end its search after a couple of hours and sail on to Funchal.
It was disappointing to see a number of vessels in the area (within 50 kilometers) not join in to look for the passenger over the course of the search by the Classica.
A newspaper in Portugal identifies the passengers as a 70 year old man from Germany