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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The U.S. Coast Guard was searching Sunday for a Canadian passenger who jumped off a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship as it motored off a remote Puerto Rican island towards the U.S. territory's mainland.

In a statement, the Coast Guard identified the missing man as Tien Phuoc Nguyen, a 26-year-old Canadian citizen who was on the final night of a seven-night Caribbean cruise with his family. His hometown was not immediately provided.

He was last seen jumping overboard by other ship passengers late Saturday as the Adventures of the Seas was transiting east of Mona Island, a rugged, uninhabited island in a rough sea passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said Sunday that the captain immediately stopped the cruise ship, turned around and alerted local authorities after a passenger reported seeing a man going overboard late Saturday.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 30, 2013 A11

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