Cruise fatality

BAR HARBOR — The cruise ship Seabourn Quest arrived here Saturday morning as scheduled after a passenger reportedly fell overboard off Cape Ann, Mass., Friday night and was later found dead.

No details about the 59-year-old woman or how she went overboard were released immediately. The FBI is investigating the incident.

Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a call from Seabourn Quest at approximately 7 p.m. that a person had fallen overboard not long after the vessel departed from Boston.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Gloucester, the crew of the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, an MH-60 Jayhawk crew from Air Station Cape Cod and the Rockport harbormaster all responded and searched the area.

“We searched with multiple assets and with partner agencies by sea and air for the woman,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Leavitt, a watchstander at Sector Boston’s command center.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., the Rockport harbormaster, with emergency medical service personnel aboard, recovered the body about 10 miles off Cape Ann. It had been discovered by a fisherman.

The 650-foot Seabourn Quest can carry up to 450 passengers. The average price of the 10-day cruise that originated in Boston and includes the ports of Bar Harbor, Halifax and Montreal, is around $5,000 per person.

The ship will be visiting Bar Harbor three more times this fall.


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