Woman on Hawaii-bound cruise jumps overboard, presumed dead

Reuters

By Eric M. Johnson

Nov 13 (Reuters) - An American woman in her 50s on aHawaii-bound cruise ship leaped overboard on Wednesday afternoonin a bid to kill herself and is presumed dead, a spokeswoman forPrincess Cruises said.

A passenger and a security camera saw the woman jump off the1,300-cabin Grand Princess ship into the Pacific Ocean about 650miles (1,046 km) northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, at about 2 p.m. PST(2200 GMT), Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said.

"This is very sad," Benson said. "This was not an accident.It was apparent that she went overboard intentionally."

The ship was bound for Hawaii on the third day of a 15-daytrip that started in San Francisco, California, Benson said.

Benson said the crew turned the ship around and begansearching for the woman when they were notified by a passenger.The search was continuing Wednesday evening, she said.

Benson said the woman's name was being withheld pendingnotification of her family. She declined to provide moreinformation on why she believes the woman jumped intentionally.

The cruise line notified the Federal Bureau of Investigationand the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard sent a C-130 airplaneto assist in the search.

Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corp & Plc , one of the largest vacation companies in the world,according to its website.

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