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Dutch woman dies after falling overboard from a cruise ship

The María Zambrano rescue boat which found the woman's body
The María Zambrano rescue boat which found the woman's body / EFE
  • Rescue efforts were in vain, as the 75 year-old woman's body was recovered the morning after she fell into the Atlantic

A 75-year-old Dutch woman died after falling into the ocean from the Costa Pacífica cruise ship last Friday night.

It is reported that the woman fell overboard from deck eight, plunging 15 metres into the water, while the ship was approaching the Mediterranean from the Atlantic.

Maritime Rescue received an emergency call at 10.43pm last Friday night and immediately initiated a search and rescue operation for the missing woman.

The María Zambrano rescue boat and the Helimer 207 helicopter were dispatched to the area which also received assistance from NATO units which were in the area at the time.

Eventually, the woman's body was recovered by the María Zambrano rescue boat at 8.58am the next day, 45 miles south-east of Trafalgar in Cadiz province.

The cruise ship continued on its path and arrived in Malaga port at 9.30am.