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Family: Woman who fell off Queen Mary wasn't arguing with boyfriend

December 12, 2011 |  9:12 am

The family of the 26-year-old woman who died last week after falling from the Queen Mary said her fall was an accident and that she was not arguing with her boyfriend as some reports suggested.

Kelly Ryann Dorrell, fell about 75 feet from the ship into the water on Dec. 5.

Several people jumped in to rescue her -- including a 40-year-old man believed to be her boyfriend and two police officers. Dorrell suffered blunt force trauma during her fall from the vessel and died shortly after she was taken to a hospital. The other three suffered hypothermia.

In an interview with KTLA-TV Channel 5, Dorrell's family said the woman was on a date with her boyfriend. They had four drinks over four hours and took a taxi to the Queen Mary so they wouldn't have to drive home.

Her mother, Rhonda Montoya, said the couple was not arguing at the time of the fall.

Dorrell was clowning around and was sitting on a railing on a gangway to take a photo and she fell by accident, Montoya said.

"We've heard some terrible things," she said. "People saying she may have taken her own life and we want people to know she would never do that."

Long Beach police have said it appeared Dorrell was quite intoxicated at the time.

Authorities say they are investigating the death as an accident, not a suicide.


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-- KTLA-TV, Channel 5