Body Recovered After A Woman Went Overboard From A Cruise Ship

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The 36-year-old lady was discovered 18 miles from Port Canaveral, Florida, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, as reported by People.

Woman’s body found

On Thursday morning, a 36-year-old woman’s body was found off the coast of Florida after she fell from a cruise ship.

The woman went overboard from the cruise ship MSC Meraviglia, and the U.S. Coast Guard reports that her body was found about 18 miles from Port Canaveral’s shore.

The ship is owned and operated by MSC Cruises, citing NBC News.

The Coast Guard did not divulge the woman’s identity or how she fell off the ship. According to CBS News, the woman’s body was found by the Coast Guard at roughly 7:30 a.m.

MSC Cruises said they are collaborating with law enforcement to look into the event in a statement to PEOPLE.

Rapid rescue operation

“Early this morning, MSC Meraviglia’s advanced detection systems alerted our crew to a passenger overboard while the ship was sailing to Port Canaveral,” the company said. “The crew performed an immediate search and rescue operation, alongside the US Coast Guard who supported search efforts with boats and a helicopter.”

“Unfortunately, despite the rapid rescue operation, the passenger sustained fatal injuries,” the statement continued. “We are offering our full support to authorities as they investigate this matter. We are deeply saddened by this incident and offer our sincerest condolences to the family and those affected.”

According to WFTV, the ship was sailing back from the Bahamas at the time of the incident.

The television station’s video appeared to show scores of passengers scanning the ship’s edge for the woman. The video seems to have been shot very early in the morning or late at night.

“We ask for prudence while we tell the family of this loss and extend our sincere sympathies to the family during this tremendously trying time,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Detachment in Jacksonville, Florida, told CBS News in a statement.

James Michael Grimes, the father, fell off a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico in November. For nearly 18 hours, the 28-year-old was able to stay alive by treading water.

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Source: People