The Shanghai Daily newspaper reports today that a cruise passenger went overboard from Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess cruise ship this weekend after the ship departed from Shanghai and was heading to Japan.
The newspaper says that the the woman last seen at 7 P.M. on Saturday.
The newspaper further states that the woman was confirmed missing at 9:15 P.M. Sunday night. A "surveillance camera (reportedly) showed she jumped into sea from the public area on the 15th deck of the Sapphire Princess on 10:28pm on Saturday, Princess Cruises China is quoted saying. This means that, in all probability, the cruise ship was not equipped with an automatic man overboard system, requiring the security team to manually reviewed the surveillance footage after-the-fact. It took almost 24 hours after the passenger disappeared for Princess to realize that she had gone overboard from the cruise ship.
The popular Cruise Hive website states that the woman was a "67-year-old female guest" aboard the cruise ship.
Princess Cruises last lost a passenger overboard from one of its cruise ships in May of this year when a man disappeared fro the Coral Princess.
A passenger drowned and a child nearly drowned on the Sapphire Princess in the past two years.
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