Dec 7, 2009 4:57 PM by Associated Press

FBI probes disappearance of cruise ship chef

A cruise line says the FBI is investigating the disappearance of an Italian chef who may have gone overboard from an American cruise ship.

The probe was initiated Monday morning after the Princess Cruises' Coral Princess docked at the Port of Los Angeles.

Cruise spokeswoman Julie Benson says Angelo Faliva was last seen on a deck Nov. 26 as the ship sailed from Aruba to Colombia. Benson says a search of the ship and a review of security cameras came up empty. Princess Cruises says a life preserver was also missing but is unsure if it relates to Faliva.

The 31-year-old's family said they were told he unexpectedly left the galley while working the dinner shift and never returned. The ship left South Florida on Nov. 23.

An FBI spokeswoman could not confirm details of the investigation.



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