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Woman in fatal fall at Queen Mary had been drinking, police say

December 6, 2011 | 10:01 am

The young woman who died after a fall from the Queen Mary's walkway Monday night had been drinking, police said.

The 26-year-old Long Beach woman, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, had climbed over a railing of the ship before the fall. She tumbled from the walkway between the shore and the ship 75 feet into Long Beach Harbor, said Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. The woman was apparently "rather intoxicated" at the time, Pratt said.

Police are handling the fall as an accident.

KTLA reported that witnesses said they heard the woman arguing with her boyfriend just before she fell and that she may have threatened to jump overboard. Pratt could not confirm those accounts.

After the woman plunged into the water, a ship employee and the woman's 40-year-old boyfriend jumped in after her. Two Long Beach police officers also jumped in.

The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead shortly after, Pratt said. The boyfriend was taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia. The ship employee and police officers who jumped in were treated at the scene and released.

The Queen Mary's task force general manager, Greg Keebler, said in a statement that the ship staff is working with authorities investigating the incident.

"We send our sincere condolences to the woman's family regarding this very sad tragedy," he said.  



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