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US Coast Guard searching for missing cruise ship crewmember north of Cuba

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MIAMI – The United States Coast Guard says it was searching for a missing crewmember Saturday from the cruise ship The Norwegian Getaway 28 miles northwest of Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

On Sunday morning, the  Coast Guard said that shortly after 3 p.m. (local time)   on Saturday, they were notified by the cruise ship that a 33-year-old Filipino crewmember was seen going overboard.

“A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew was diverted to conduct search patterns at 3:30 p.m.,” the Coast Guard said.

It also said Coast Guardsmen rescued a mariner Friday from a sinking sailing vessel six miles southwest of Big Sand Cay, Turks and Caicos.

The Coast Guard said guardsmen rescued Robert Petersen, 66, of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

In that instance, watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District Command Center were on Friday, alerted to a radio beacon alert from the 36-foot sailing vessel Wings, with one mariner aboard.

“Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, currently deployed in the Bahamas,” the Coast Guard said.

“The Jayhawk crew located the sailing vessel, hoisted Petersen and transported him to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos with no reported injuries.” (CMC)

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