The China Post reports that a female passenger disappeared from a cruise ship, during a cruise to Japan, which returned to Taiwan yesterday.
The woman, whose last name is Hsieh, age 53, was aboard the Costa Victoria. She was supposed to leave the ship in Keelung Harbor, but did not. The Coast Guard said that her belongings were left in her cabin.
The Coast Guard said "it could be a case of suicide or an accident, but they are not ruling out any possibilities for her disappearance."
The newspaper says that Ms. Hsieh was part of a tour group that left Keelung for Japan on July 12th. The ship returned on July 17th without the passenger.
According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, this is the 235th person to have gone overboard from a cruise ship since 2000.
July 19 2014 Update: Why didn’t the cabin attendant observe that the passenger was missing from the cabin? Many crew members have commented on our Facebook page that it’s not the cabin attendant’s job to "babysit" the passengers. But without an automatic man overboard system (none of the Carnival brands have implemented such technology), and if it isn’t the cabin attendant’s job to at least make his or her observations known that a passenger is missing to their supervisor, whose responsibility at the cruise line is it?
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