AN air and sea search for a woman who apparently fell overboard from a cruise ship has been called off.
A 63-year-old Korean woman disappeared from the luxurious Norwegian Epic liner as it sailed from Cannes in France to Palma in the early hours of Saturday morning somewhere between Menorca and Mallorca.
Spain’s Maritime Rescue started an air search, while the cruise liner itself turned back in an attempt to find the woman.
A Norwegian Cruise spokesperson said: “Early morning on June 8, a 63-year-old Korean female guest went overboard while the ship was sailing from Cannes, France to Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
“As soon as the report was made, the authorities were notified and a search and rescue operation ensued.
“The search has now ceased, and sadly, the guest has not been found.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the individual’s family during this difficult time.”
Witnesses aboard the ship had initially reported that they had been asked to help search for a teenage girl in pink pajamas. This would appear to have been incorrect.
One passenger tweeted: “Just saw a news story that the missing passenger is a 63-year-old Korean woman.
“My earlier tweet saying she is an American teenager was apparently wrong.
“I have no contrary information or reason not to believe the new information and apologize for sharing misinformation.”