Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search Friday evening for a 42-year-old man who disappeared from a cruise ship near Puerto Rico on Thursday.
Jason Gregory Rappe disappeared from the cruise ship Eurodam about 80 miles northwest of Puerto Rico.
The Holland America ship was traveling from St. Thomas to the Bahamas when Rappe's wife reported him missing at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. She confirmed that a baseball cap found on the ship's deck belonged to her husband.
The Coast Guard said more than 2,000 square miles were searched by multiple Coast Guard search and rescue crews, as well as the Eurodam, over a 36-hour period, with no sights of Rappe.
“Having to suspend a search and rescue case is never easy, the aggressive efforts by our rescue crews to saturate the search area day and night were accomplished with the hopes of finding Rappe,” said Capt. Drew Pearson, Sector San Juan commander.
Holland America released a statement saying the ship departed St. Thomas Friday at 5 p.m. and was en route to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, where a call was originally scheduled for Sunday, but now has been canceled.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest and his family,” the statement said.