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Published on : Tuesday, December 15, 2015
A pensioner of British origin may have fallen to her death from a luxury cruise liner as it sailed across the Atlantic towards the Caribbean. The 70-year-old woman, who has not been named, disappeared a week into a 35-night Christmas trip aboard Saga Sapphire. Her female companion reported her missing in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The 600-passenger ship, which departed from Southampton on December 7, turned around and carried out a search for the woman.
The Saga Sapphire, which specialises in cruises for the over 50s, is described on its website as “elegant, timeless, relaxing”. The ship has its own crazy golf course, and boasts an “informal atmosphere, spacious cabins and a host of exciting features”.
A Saga spokesman said: “During the morning of Sunday 13th December, whilst the Saga Sapphire was crossing the Atlantic, a 70 year-old passenger was reported missing by her travelling companion.
“Following a comprehensive search of the ship, she could not be found. Working in conjunction with maritime authorities the Saga Sapphire re-traced her path and conducted a search.
“The captain and maritime authorities have now concluded that given the length of time the lady would have been overboard the search should be concluded.”
“This is a tragic event and our prayers are with the family, friends and travelling companion for their loss. We are providing support for her travelling companion onboard and for relatives in the UK.”
The search for the woman was eventually called off at around 2.30pm UK time yesterday.
The incident is not being treated as suspicious and authorities are looking into it..