Coast Guard stops search for missing cruise ship crew member

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a crewmember who went overboard from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Harmony of the Seas some 267 miles (429 kilometers) off Puerto Rico.

A Coast Guard news release says they ended the search Thursday afternoon, two days after 20-year-old Arron Hough of the United Kingdom went overboard on Christmas Day.

Coast Guard rescue crews were composed of HC-130 Hercules airplanes stationed in Clearwater, HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplanes from Miami and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, based in St. Petersburg.

The search covered about 3,707 square miles (9601 square kilometers).

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Harmony of the Seas sails from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

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