Princess Cruises has confirmed the information about a woman missing after jumping overboard from Sapphire Princess on Saturday evening, September 10. A travel companion had first reported the missing passenger. The ship was transiting Shanghai River at the time of accident. An onboard search was launched immediately and the 67-year-old female guest was captured on CCTV footage jumping overboard from deck 15.
A statement from the line said:
Princess Cruises can confirm that a guest aboard Sapphire Princess was reported missing by her travel companion at 0915 hour. It was stated that she was last seen on the evening of 10 September at approximately 1900 hour while the ship was transiting the Shanghai River.
A search aboard the ship was initiated immediately — while at the same time security personnel reviewed the video surveillance camera (CCTV) recordings. It has been confirmed that CCTV video captured the guest jumping overboard from a public area mid-ship on deck 15 at 2228 hour ship time on the evening of 10 September.
The incident was immediately reported to local authorities by the Captain of Sapphire Princess and the ship reversed course to continue the search for the missing guest. Based on the elapsed time of the incident and other factors, including the distance the ship had sailed before the missing person was reported, the local authorities have authorized the ship to continue the voyage to Nagasaki, the next port of call on the itinerary.
Sapphire Princess is on a 4-day cruise that departed Shanghai on September 10 and will return on September 14.
Princess Cruises last lost a cruise passenger overboard in May of this year when a man disappeared from Coral Princess.