Woman presumed overboard from cruise ship off N.J.

    By Chris Phutully from Australia (Queen Mary 2 in Port Melbourne) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

    By Chris Phutully from Australia (Queen Mary 2 in Port Melbourne) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

    A 74-year-old British woman reportedly went overboard from a cruise ship that was passing the New Jersey coast late last week. 

    According to a BBC report, the woman was reported missing from the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner early Friday morning as the ship was passing about 100 miles southeast of Atlantic City. 

    This ship left New York on Thursday en route to St. Maarten, the report said. 

    The U.S. Coast Guard launched an aerial search with a C-130 fixed wing airplane and a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter but could not locate the woman, according to the report. The cruise ship also retraced its course.  

    The ship’s operator, Cunard Line, issued a statement about the incident and said the company is offering assistance to the woman’s family.

    “It is with sadness we can confirm that after a comprehensive search, working with all relevant authorities, Queen Mary 2 has halted the search for a missing guest, presumed overboard,” the statement said. 

    The Queen Mary 2 is a luxury ocean liner that was recently renovated, according to the Cunard website. As of late this morning, the ship is in the British Virgin Islands.  

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