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Body may be that of ship passenger

August 04, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A woman's body has been found during a search in frigid Alaska waters for a cruise ship passenger who was believed to have fallen overboard.

The Coast Guard says the search for the passenger is continuing until the body is positively identified.

The 45-year-old woman was reported missing by a friend about 9 a.m. when the Holland America ship Zaandam was in Glacier Bay National Park about 75 miles northwest of Juneau. The woman was last seen hours earlier, when the vessel was near Douglas Island, 80 miles away. The glacier-fed waters in the area are 57 degrees.

Her name and hometown weren't immediately released, but the Coast Guard said she is from Washington state.

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