Man falls overboard from cruise ship off B.C. coast

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The U.S. Coast guard used several surface vessels and at least one aircraft to search for the man, who was travelling on an 11-day cruise to Alaska.

"We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim". "Our thoughts are with them in their time of grief".

The 73-year-old man was last seen by his wife around 4 a.m. who reported she was woken up by a breeze coming from the open balcony door.

The vessel was in US waters, just north of Cape Flattery, at the northwestern tip of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula.

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"We have no indication of why the individual went overboard", said the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest in a statement on twitter.

USCG has dispatched the crew of the Cutter Wahoo, a boat crew from Station Neah Bay, and an aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles/Sector Field Office to conduct the search.

At least one Canadian plane has been assigned to the search, but officials with the Vancouver-Island-based Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says it is not handling the case since it happened in USA waters.

The ship is 216 metres, or 709 feet, in length and carries up to 700 passengers.

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