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Woman who plunged to death from Queen Mary struck parts of ship

December 8, 2011 | 12:24 pm

Woman dies after fall from Queen Mary

An autopsy is due to be completed Thursday on a 26-year-old Long Beach woman who died Monday after she plunged 75 feet off the Queen Mary, but early indications are she struck parts of the ship during the plunge into the frigid water.

Kelly Ryann Dorrell of Long Beach was "rather intoxicated" when she drop from the ship's fourth story into the water, according to police. According to sources, she suffered blunt force trauma during the fall as she hit several parts of the vessel, which is permanently docked in Long Beach. A final cause of death is expected to be released once toxicology tests are completed in several weeks.  

Investigators said Dorrell climbed over the ship's railing and tumbled into the water about 8:30 p.m. Monday. 

At some point, Dorrell crossed over the rail on the fourth floor of the ship's deck, and fell in the water.  A 40-year-old man believed to be her boyfriend jumped in after her. Two police officers also jumped in.

Dorrell was taken to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead shortly afterward.


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Photo: Authorities are expected to complete an autopsy Thursday in the death of a woman who fell from the Queen Mary. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times