SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Police in the Cayman Islands said Wednesday that they suspect a Canadian cruise ship passenger who recently vanished may have fallen off the boat as search crews scoured waters around the British Caribbean territory.
Police said they believe the unidentified 65-year-old man may have fallen around dawn on Tuesday about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Grand Cayman. Police said they interviewed staff and witnesses aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruises ship and were still investigating the disappearance.
"The Port Authority broadcasted an appeal to all marine traffic to be on the lookout for the missing passenger," police said in a statement.
The man's wife had reported him missing Tuesday morning as the Independence of the Seas ship prepared to dock at George Town Harbor.
Tracy Quan, a spokeswoman for Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises, said Wednesday the investigation was turned over to local authorities before the cruise ship departed and resumed its route. She said the man's wife disembarked in Grand Cayman.