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Woman missing from cruise ship jumped overboard; search suspended

May 4, 2011 | 12:50 pm

Rescue crews from the U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search Wednesday for a 63-year-old woman reported missing from a cruise ship after it docked in San Diego.

Officials said they combed the search area but never found the woman, who was last seen aboard the Celebrity Millennium on Monday night as it sailed to San Diego from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

A review of onboard camera footage showed the woman climbed over the ship's railing and let go about 9:15 p.m. Monday, said Cynthia Martinez, a spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The ship’s security staff learned the woman was missing Tuesday after she failed to disembark as scheduled, Martinez said.

Ship operators determined the location of the woman's jump and alerted Coast Guard and FBI authorities.

The vessel departed San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 18 and traveled for 15 nights to San Diego through the Panama Canal.

The Coast Guard was alerted to the disappearance about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday after the ship reached San Diego. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from San Diego and a Hercules C-130 aircraft from Sacramento helped with the search.

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