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Search for missing cruise passenger called off in Alaska

The Coast Guard called off a search over the weekend for a man missing from the Holland America cruiseliner Oosterdam, traveling in Alaska.

Family members of 20-year-old Blake Kepley of Fallbrook, Calif., reported him missing on Friday. His absence was first noticed when the Oosterdam ported in Ketchikan, and Kepley didn't show up to disembark.

Holland America notified the Coast Guard of the missing passenger on Friday afternoon. 

The search lasted just under 24 hours, said Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley, and covered 352 square miles of water.

The Coast Guard searched for the missing passenger by air and by sea. The search included three flights by Jayhawk helicopter and sea patrols by the 110-foot patrol boat Coast Guard Cutter Naushon as well as a 47-foot Motor Life Boat.

"While we have suspended active searching, we encourage anyone who sees anything while transiting though the area to call the Coast Guard," said Petty Officer 1st Class Lindsey Kirby, Sector Juneau Operations unit controller. "Suspending a case is one of the hardest decisions that we as search and rescuers have to make."

The Oosterdam is scheduled to run 7-day Alaska cruises through September. Ports of call include Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan in Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia, according Holland America's website.

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