The U.S. Coast Guard and the FBI are searching Hawaiian waters after a 54-year-old woman “intentionally” went overboard on a Princess cruise ship.
The woman — who has not yet been identified but is a U.S. citizen — went overboard at about 2 p.m. (PST) yesterday (Nov.13) as Grand Princess made its way from San Francisco to Hawaii.
The incident happened as the ship was approximately 650 miles northeast of Hilo, Hawaii. A witness notified crew, and the captain then turned the ship around to search in the area where the passenger was seen going overboard.
The plane, which took off from Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, landed safely at the Tamiami Airport and immediately requested emergency services for the passenger who allegedly fell 1,800 feet from the plane. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Coast Guard and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were alerted while the city police homicide section launched an investigation.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard and Naval crews joined the search for a Grand Princess woman passenger who jumped overboard about 750 miles northeast of Hilo, Hawaii around 1 p.m. Wednesday, the 14th Coast Guard District in Honolulu said.
Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said the 54-year-old woman was seen by crews and passenger and on a CCTV camera jumping overboard from Deck 7, which is 50 feet above the water, while the ship was on its third day of its 15-day Hawaii cruise. The crews immediately contact the FBI and the Coast Guard.
The ship changed course to search for the fallen passenger but to no avail.