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Woman ‘who jumped off’ cruise ship still missing

A 67-year-old female tourist from Hunan Province who jumped off a cruise ship heading to Japan and South Korea from Shanghai remains missing.

The ship said footage had shown she had jumped into the sea on Saturday night.

The woman, who was not wearing a life jacket, leapt from the 15th deck of the “Sapphire Princess” at 10:28pm, the ship added. Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Center is waiting for the ship to return to ascertain what happened.

The ship had left Shanghai International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District and was in the East Sea when the incident occurred. The crew was alerted and a search was made for her but the ship continued with its voyage after the rescue attempt failed, Princess Cruises said.

The ship is scheduled to return to Shanghai tomorrow after stopping over at Nagasaki and Cheju. The Shanghai maritime center said it had sent a helicopter and two ships to search for the missing woman.

Last month, a Shanghai tourist was rescued from the sea by a fishing boat 38 hours after she was reported missing from a cruise ship that was returning from Japan to Shanghai.

The 31-year-old woman, who was traveling with her parents, was reported missing from the “Mariner of the Seas” around 9pm on August 10. She was picked up by a vessel around noon on August 12. The woman said she had managed to stay awake and remain afloat.


 

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