Human remains located on a remote Alaskan island appear to be those of a man who jumped overboard from a cruise ship into frigid seas in the middle of the night, Alaska State Troopers report.
Troopers say sport fishermen spotted human remains on the eastern shore of Horse Island.
The remains are believed to be those of missing man Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago, 26, of Sao Paolo, Brazil, a crewman on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun. He was recorded on a surveillance camera jumping overboard from the ship at 4.15am the previous morning as the ship passed through the Gastineau Channel near the town of Juneau.
The Gastineau Channel region is known for its rich wildlife. Pods of killer whales swim in the seas, along with sea lions and Great White sharks, while grizzly bears and black bears forage on shore. In downtown Juneau, garbage bins are made of heavy-gauge steel with special latches to discourage bears from wandering among the tourists.
Water temperature in the Gastineau Channel is currently about 5 C, being Northern Hemisphere summertime.
After examining the human remains, Alaska Wildlife Troopers determined “that the individual was recently deceased and there were no signs of foul play.
“The remains and clothing match the description of de Miranda Santiago, and the location where they were found is approximately 10 miles northwest from the position he was last seen.”
A little over a week ago, another cruise ship was involved in an Alaskan tragedy when a DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop floatplane went down on a sightseeing flight, killing eight of the ship’s passengers and the plane’s pilot.
The passengers were aboard Holland America Line’s Westerdam and the plane, found against a granite cliff 240 metres above a lake in a rugged, mountainous area of Misty Fjords National Monument, was operated by Ketchikan-based Promech Air. (See Floatplane crash kills eight cruise passengers and pilot)
Written by Peter Needham