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  • 1 January 2014, 9:25

Cruise Ship Passenger Missing Off Caymans

A passenger has gone missing from one of the world's largest cruise ships off the Cayman Islands.

The 65-year-old man, from Canada, was reported missing on Tuesday morning by his wife, before the Royal Caribbean Cruises ship docked at Grand Cayman's port.

A search of the 15-deck Independence of the Seas cruise ship and closed-circuit camera footage has turned up nothing so far.

Marine search operations were also conducted until the evening without success, according to police.

The man, who has not been named, is the second passenger to have gone missing from a Royal Caribbean ship in the last few days.

On Saturday, another Canadian man, 26-year-old Tien Phuoc Nguyen, leapt from the company's Adventures of the Seas.

Mr Tien jumped from the ship off a remote Puerto Rican island on the final night of a week-long Caribbean cruise with his family.

Rescuers ended their search for him on Monday.

The missing 65-year-old was last seen entering his room on the liner just before midnight, according to Tracy Quan, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean.

According to police, the man's wife said they went to bed at about 1am on Tuesday, but when she awoke seven hours later he was gone.

"She searched for him and when she did not find him she made the report of her husband missing," Chief Inspector Patrick Beersingh said in a statement.

The 1,112ft-long (339m) Independence of the Seas is on a six-night Caribbean cruise that departed from Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

It is due to call at ports in Jamaica and Haiti. The ship can house 4,375 guests and over 1,300 crew members.

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