The victim reportedly is an American crew member employed by Costa as a dancer. There are no details in the news article. The Italian newspaper article states that "according to the preliminary findings, the woman committed suicide by jumping from the ship off the coast of Istanbul."
There is no confirmation by Costa. Crew members who work on the cruise ship are silent, especially if they are asked by passengers about the incident.
The ship will not stop tomorrow in Dubrovnik, as planed and but instead will go directly from Istanbul to Venice.
A few months ago a young woman went overboard from another Costa cruise ship, the Costa Magica. A 21 year old Brazilian waitress disappeared from the Magica near the coast of Sicily. The company quickly labeled the incident a suicide too.
Unfortunately suicide seems to be the cruise industry's explanation for most over-boards. This is because the cruise lines like to blame the victim rather than admit that there are safety and crime issues on cruise ships.
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Update August 31, 2012: Cruise expert Professor Ross Klein received information that the overboard crew member is from South Africa - not the U.S. We also received a comment to this article stating that the woman is from South Africa.
There have been 185 people overboard from cruise ships in the last decade or so.
Update September 2, 2012: The Italian newspaper, Articolo Tre, has another short article. The title of the article states that Costa "confirms suicide" and yet the text of the article (if I am translating this correctly) states that the crew member "fell" into the water. Unfortunately there is really no information contained in this article either, other than the Captain explaining why the cruise ship was skipping Dubrovnik, reassuring the passengers that they would receive a credit and wishing them a "happy" rest of the cruise.
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