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Woman Jumps Off Princess Cruise to Hawaii in Suspected Suicide

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Nov 14, 2013 12:22 PM EST

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Crews are on the search for a woman who jumped off a Princess Cruise ship.

Another passenger claims she saw a 54-year-old female passenger jump from the Grand Princess cruise ship on the Pacific Ocean. The ship, which was headed to Hawaii, was about 650 miles northeast of Hilo when the woman jumped at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reports.

The passenger notified the staff who confirmed that the incident was caught on a security camera. According to Princess Cruises, a search has been launched for the woman.  When the cruise crew learned about the incident, they turned the ship around and tried to search for the woman. The search went on into Wednesday night. The cruise line contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard sent a C-130 plane to assist in the search at 4 p.m., but there isn't expected to be a good outcome.

It is believed the woman jumped in a suicide attempt. "This is very sad," Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said according to the Daily Mail. "This was not an accident. It was apparent that she went overboard intentionally."
The ship was on the third day of a 15-fay trip to Hawaii. The boat has left from San Francisco, California.

The woman's name is being kept confidential as the family must be noticed. It is not clear why the woman might have tried to kill herself.

The Grand Princess holds about 1,300 passengers. The ship has 17 decks and is about 950 feet long and 190 feet tall. Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corp.

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