This morning I was contacted by a person aboard the MSC Magnifica who informed me that a passenger went overboard from the cruise ship last night.
The Magnifica was sailing to Izmir, Turkey when the woman disappeared overboard. The Greek Coast Guard was notified at some point but it has been unsuccessful searching for the cruise passenger.
The person identified the woman as Chinese.
This is the second person reported overboard overboard from a cruise ship in the last several days.
On August 15, 2015, a crew member disappeared from the Queen Mary 2.
This is the 18th passenger or crew member who has gone overboard from a cruise ship so far this year.
Unfortunately, very few cruise ships have automatic man overboard systems which are designed to send a signal to the bridge as soon as a person goes over the rail.
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