Blake Kepley, 20 – Death Aboard, Oosterdam Passenger, July 22, 2011, Time of Death 1:00.
The family of Blake Kepley, 20, reported him missing from an Alaskan cruise they were sailing board on Friday, July 22, 2011. The cruise ship, Holland America Line’s Oosterdam, was sailing to Ketchikan, Alaska in the wee hours of the morning when Kepley is assumed to have gone overboard.
He had been sailing in a party of 14 family members, including his father and relatives on his father’s side of the family, as well as Blake’s twin brother and old brother.
They say he was last seen between midnight and 0100 hours on Friday morning, was missing when they woke up the next day, as the ship arrived in Ketchikan.
By 1600 hours, the ship had reported him missing to the United States Coast Guard.
The United States Coast Guard searched for Kepley off the coast of Alaska on Saturday with three Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, a Coast Guard Cutter and smaller boats for a period of approximately 24 hours. Kepley was not located after some 352 square miles of water had been searched.
Oosterdam left Seattle, Washington on Sunday, July 17 for an Alaskan cruise with calls at Glacier Bay, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada before returning on Sunday July 24.
Blake Kepley has been reported as residing in Fallbrook, California, a graduate of Fallbrook High School. Fallbrook is located in the far northeast of San Diego County, above 7 miles northeast of the massive Camp Pendleton United States Marines military base. The town is heavily populated by Marines preferring to live off base.