FBI investigates cruise ship death

By ,   September 14, 2015 ,   Accidents

The FBI has taken over an investigation into how a woman fell from a cruise ship off Cape Ann (northeastern Massachusetts) Friday night (Sept 11) and drowned.

FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera announced that the FBI had "jurisdiction over any incident on the high seas" and was working jointly with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to investigate the accident.

Rockport harbormasters recovered the body of the 59-year-old woman about an hour and a half after Coast Guard received a call from Seabourn Quest that a woman had fallen overboard at about 7 p.m., ten miles off Cape Ann.

The luxury ship had left Black Falcon terminal, South Boston and was about 3 hours into its voyage to Bar Harbor, Maine when the accident occurred. Seabourn Quest, which can accommodate up to 450 passengers, was on her 10-day sailing to Montreal, Canada.

It's still unclear how the woman fell overboard. Investigators are withholding her identity and are declining to disclose additional info due to the ongoing investigation. The cruise line also declined to share more information.