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Coast Guard halts search for cruise ship passenger

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Coast Guard suspended a search for a cruise ship passenger Wednesday after closed-circuit video showed the woman jumping overboard.

The footage taken aboard the Celebrity Millennium showed the 63-year-old woman climbing over a railing Monday night and letting go, Celebrity Cruises said.

The ship staff learned she was missing when she failed to disembark in San Diego on Tuesday and couldn't be found onboard.

The ship's GPS satellite marked the location where the passenger went overboard, and the coordinates were given to the Coast Guard.

The woman was alone on the video, said Cynthia Martinez, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which owns Celebrity. She was traveling with her older brother.

The woman was last seen by her brother in their cabin between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday as the ship headed from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to San Diego, the Coast Guard said. The company said its video showed her jumping overboard at 9:12 p.m.

The Coast Guard withheld the woman's name at her family's request. Petty Officer Allyson Conroy, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, said she was unaware of any signs of foul play.

The voyage began April 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and went through the Panama Canal. San Diego was the final destination.

The Coast Guard searched about 25 hours over more than 1,900 square miles before suspending the operation without finding the body.

 

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. For an earlier story, read below.

 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A cruise line said Wednesday a passenger was seen jumping overboard as the ship headed toward San Diego.

Closed-circuit video aboard the Celebrity Millennium shows the woman climbed over a railing Monday night and let go, Celebrity Cruises said.

The ship staff learned she was missing when she failed to disembark in San Diego on Tuesday morning and couldn't be found onboard.

The company said the ship's GPS satellite marked the location where the guest went overboard. The Coast Guard was searching the area.

The woman, whose name was not released, was seen alone on the video, said Cynthia Martinez, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which owns Celebrity. The woman was traveling with her older brother.

Martinez didn't know where the passenger jumped but said coordinates were provided to the Coast Guard. The ship had docked in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Sunday and made its next and final stop in San Diego.

The voyage began April 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and went through the Panama Canal.

The cruise line said the woman was 63, while the Coast Guard said she was 65. Martinez said she could not explain the discrepancy. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a phone message Wednesday.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for the woman after sunset Tuesday and resumed Wednesday. A Coast Guard helicopter took off at 7 a.m. from San Diego and a C-130 aircraft departed Sacramento to search an area about 150 miles south along the Baja California coast to near Bahia de San Quintin.

 

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. For an earlier story, read below.


SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is joining the search for a 65-year-old woman reported missing from a cruise ship that docked in San Diego.

The woman was last seen on the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship Monday night when it sailed from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to San Diego, according to the Coast Guard.

The ship arrived in San Diego Tuesday morning and she was reported missing at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from San Diego and a Hercules C-130 aircraft from Sacramento were used for the search.

Coast Guard officials urged anyone with information to call (619) 278-7031. 

The woman's name and description were not immediately available.

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