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Seabourn Quest Passenger Found Dead After Reported Overboard Off Massachusetts

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | September 12, 2015

Seabourn Quest Passenger Found Dead After Reported Overboard Off Massachusetts

Photo courtesy of Seabourn

The body of a 59-year-old Seabourn Quest passenger was recovered Friday evening approximately 90 minutes after she was reported overboard off Massachusetts.

Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders got the call from the cruise ship around 7 p.m. while the Seabourn vessel was 10 miles off Cape Ann, the northernmost point of Massachusetts Bay, according to a U.S. Coast Guard news release.

Area Coast Guard crews utilizing a 47-motor lifeboat, Coast Guard cutter and an MH-60 Jayhawk, along with the Rockport Harbormaster all responded, the USCG news release said.

“We searched with multiple assets and with partner agencies by sea and air for the woman,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Leavitt, a watchstander at Sector Boston’s command center, said in the release.

Quest “immediately slowed and began search and rescue operations,” according to a statement from Seabourn via the Boston Globe.

At around 8:30 p.m., a rescue vessel containing Co-harbormasters Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch, and Emergency Medical Service personnel, recovered the woman’s body, the Boston Globe said.

“The sea conditions were quite rough,” Lesch said to the Globe.

The Seabourn Quest was authorized by the Coast Guard to continue its trip from Boston to Bar Harbor, Maine late Friday night, the Globe said. The 10-day sailing ultimately finishes in Montreal.

Fox25 Boston noted the FBI is on the case, as they investigate all deaths that occur in offshore waters. Fox25 also said the woman’s identity has yet to be released.

“Seabourn’s care team members are providing support to the victim’s family and are working closely with authorities,” the cruise line statement said. “We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.”

According to Seabourn’s website, the 650-foot-long Quest luxury liner is registered in the Bahamas, has a capacity of 450 passengers and carries 330 crew.

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