1:23pm

Wed May 4, 2011
U.S.

Cruise Ship Passenger Sought Off California, Baja

The U.S. Coast Guard has resumed a search for a cruise ship passenger believed to have disappeared somewhere between Mexico's Baja California coast and San Diego.

Petty Officer 1st Class Allyson Conroy says a Coast Guard helicopter took off at 7 a.m. Wednesday from San Diego and a C-130 aircraft departed Sacramento.

Petty Officer Henry Dunphy says the search area has been slightly narrowed since Tuesday, stretching from San Diego about 150 miles south along the Baja California coast to near Bahia de San Quintin.

The missing passenger is a 65-year-old woman whose name has not been released. She did not show up for a customs check when the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium docked in San Diego around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

It was the first U.S. port of call after the ship stopped in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The cruise began in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is destined for Vancouver, British Columbia. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.