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December 27, 2016

Elderly woman presumed dead after fall from cruise ship off New Jersey coast

A search has been suspended for an elderly woman who went overboard a cruise ship off the New Jersey coast, according to media reports.

The Queen Mary 2 was traveling from New York to the Caribbean when a 74-year-old British woman was reported missing Friday morning as the ship was approximately 100 miles southeast of Atlantic City, according to the BBC.

The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 fixed-wing airplane and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to conduct a search but was unable to locate the victim.

Cunard Cruise Line, which operates the ocean liner, issued a statement about the incident:

"It is with sadness we can confirm that after a comprehensive search, working with all relevant authorities, Queen Mary 2 has halted the search for a missing guest, presumed overboard."

The ship has since resumed its voyage and arrived at St. Maarten on Monday.