A 54-year-old passenger is presumed dead after she jumped overboard of the Grand Princess cruise Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. Coast Guard joined the cruise line in their search in the Pacific Ocean, 750 miles off the coast of Hawaii; however, they have been unsuccessful.
Coast Guard crews scoured the sea all night and morning, Coast Guard spokeswoman Melissa McKenzie stated. On Thursday, the U.S. Navy joined the effort, she added.
A passenger and a security camera saw the woman jump off the 1,300-cabin Grand Princess ship into the Pacific Ocean about 650 miles (1,046 km) northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, at about 2 p.m. PST (2200 GMT), Princess Cruises spokeswoman Julie Benson said.
"This is very sad," Benson said. "This was not an accident. It was apparent that she went overboard intentionally, she added."
The Grand Princess cruise ship changed its course and was searching for the woman in waters about 650 miles northeast of Hilo, on Hawaii's Big Island, Benson said.
The ship was on its way to Hawaii from San Francisco. This tragic incident occurred on the third-day of this fifteen-day round trip cruise.
The identity of the missing woman is not being released until her family has been notified.