Cruise Passenger Dies After Falling Overboard


Published Sep 14, 2015 3:40 PM by The Maritime Executive

The body of a 59-year-old woman was recovered by the Massachusetts Coast Guard after tumbling overboard from a cruise ship on September 11. The victim was a passenger on the Seabourn Quest, which was just three hours into a ten-day cruise to Montreal from Boston. The woman’s body was recovered about 10 miles off Cape Ann.

The woman’s body was recovered by Rockport Harbormaster officials, who searched the waters on a 24-foot Boston Whaler with emergency medical service personnel onboard. According to reports, the Coast Guard received a call from the cruise ship at about 7 pm local time, and the victim’s body was recovered at about 8:30.

It is still unknown how the woman fell overboard, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has taken over the investigation and will also conduct an autopsy.

This is the latest in a string of recent incidents involving cruise ships. In late August, a Carnival Glory passenger died after falling overboard near the Honduran coast. And last week an engine fire on the Carnival Liberty left about 3,300 passengers stranded in St. Thomas.

The Seabourn Quest is a 650-foot luxury cruise ship with a capacity of about 450 guests.