The US Coast Guard has officially called off the search for a 74-year-ol,d woman who went missing from Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 while on a 12-night Christmas and New Year cruise from New York to St Maarten in the Caribbean. Queen Mary 2 sailed from New York on 22nd December, but when the liner was about 100 miles off the Coast of New Jersey, the passenger was reported as missing.
The liner immediately turned back to search for her, and the US Coast Guard launched a C-130 aircraft and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Once darkness fell the initial search was called off, and Queen Mary 2 resumed her cruise. The captain later reported that she would soon be back on schedule. There are no details at present of how she went missing, but it is presumed she fell overboard/ The lady is reported to be a regular cruise passenger.
In the meantime it has been reported that a 22-year-old passenger jumped off an upper deck of Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas. Despite a search by the ship, US Coast Guard and other nearby ships, at present there is no sign of the passenger. It is reported that since 2000, 283 passengers have been lost overboard from cruise ships worldwide.