“I’ll just get off here.”
According to an article in the L.A. Times, Princess Cruise Lines says that one of their boat passengers intentionally went overboard off the coast of Hawaii into the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean.
A Princess Cruises spokesperson said observers told them that the woman jumped ship sometime Wednesday afternoon and that they they got the whole thing on the ship’s video security cameras.
“It’s very apparent from the witnesses and the video that this was her intention,” spokeswoman Julie Benson said.
Benson said that the woman leaped from Deck level 7, and fell about 50 feet to the waters below.
“The water is quite cold, and the seas are quite rough,” Benson said. “But it’s not inconceivable that she could have survived.”
Benson said the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard have been searching for hours, but they still have not found the overboard passenger. The Cruise Line did say that the woman boarded with a companion when they departed from San Francisco for Hawaii. The companion remained on board.
Princess Cruises said the 1,300-cabin ship was only a few days into a roundtrip cruise to Hawaii from San Francisco. The Grand Princess ship has 17 decks, is almost 950 feet long and almost 190 feet tall.
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