Coast Guard searches for cruise ship crew member who went overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday it was searching for a British crew member who went overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Arron Hough, 20, went overboard 267 miles off the northwest of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Coast Guard 7th District told Reuters in a telephone interview. Hough was a cast member of the musical "Grease" which was being performed onboard the ship, according to the Miami Herald.

At the time the Coast Guard became aware of the incident, the Harmony of the Seas ship was traveling from its home port of Fort Lauderdale to its first stop of St. Maarten island on its seven-day Caribbean itinerary, the Miami Herald had reported earlier.

The Coast Guard said it continued its search for Hough with an airplane and cutter ship.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd did not respond to a request for comment. Media reports cited a statement from the company saying Hough did not show up for work on Tuesday.

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VANCOUVER, CANADA - JUNE 3: Disney's Wonder cruise ship is dock at Canada Place on June 3, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver is a seaport city with close trading ties to Asia and is the most populous city in Western Canada, with nearly 2.3 million residents in the metropolitan area. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
The cruise ship Disney Wonder is anchored in San Pedro after returning from Mexico on March 27, 2011. Rebecca Coriam has been missing from the boat. (Photo by Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Cruise ship Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Line) at anchor sunset, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Helicopter and cruise ship 'Disney Wonder' Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Jetskis on beach with cruise ship Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Line) in distance, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Cruise ship Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Line) at anchor, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

"We are saddened to report that after a review of the ship's closed-circuit camera footage, he was observed entering an area on Deck 5 at around 4am and was not seen again," Royal Caribbean told Sky News.

"Local authorities were notified and a ship-wide search for the crew member was conducted."

The UK Foreign Office said it was providing assistance to the family of the missing person, Sky News reported. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by David Gregorio)

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