Woman Killed In Fall From Cruise Ship
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ A cruise ship passenger fell overboard and drowned as the ship steamed toward Long Beach Harbor, the Coast Guard reported Saturday. Foul play was not suspected, authorities said.
The identity of the 27-year-old woman, whose body was recovered by a Coast Guard cutter, was withheld until relatives could be contacted, Petty Officer Don Roberts said.
The woman fell overboard about 3 a.m. when the ship was 30 miles southwest of San Diego, Roberts said. The Long Beach-based cutter Point Stuart, along with a Coast Guard helicopter and jet, immediately began a search.
After four searches, the Point Stuart recovered the woman’s body at 12:30 p.m., Roberts said.
The body was taken to San Diego for autopsy. There was no evidence of foul play, Roberts said. He had no further details.
The Star Dancer, which docked in Long Beach Saturday, was carrying about 900 passengers and was completing a cruise along the Mexican coast, Roberts said.
He added it wasn’t immediately known which port the ship had sailed from or how long it had been at sea. The Star Dancer regularly makes cruise runs between Long Beach and Mexico.
The Star Dancer is owned by Admiral Cruises of Miami, Roberts said. Officials for Admiral Cruises were unavailable Saturday night.