On Tuesday, An Italian cruise line confirmed the death of a 75-year-old passenger due to falling from the 8-floor balcony of their cabin aboard at the Costa Cruise ship Costa Pacifica following a major search-and-rescue operation for recover the body.
A company spokesperson mentioned crew members had been alerted by a witness who allegedly noticed the on Oct.10 at 10:45 p.m., a passenger voluntarily jumps from the balcony of their cabin.
Officials have so far declined to release personal details about the victim. News reported that the cruise line stated the victim was a lady.
In a statement released earlier Wednesday, the cruise line reported the ship was sailing between Funchal and Malaga off the Portugal coast when the incident occurred.
The captain, the statement mentioned, immediately reversed the ship and started a search of the location as well as local search and rescue personnel, and two helicopters have been activated.
The body of the missing lady was later retrieved in Gulf of Cadiz at around 9 a.m. on Friday, the NATO Allied Maritime Command confirmed in a statement.
German cruise ship news outlet Schiffe und Kreuzfahrten reported the crew of Costa Pacifica looked for the missing person till 2 a.m., however, called the operation off due to an unrelated medical emergency.
On Twitter, the Maritime Safety and Rescue Society, identified locally as Salvamento Marítimo, mentioned a rescue tug boat Maria Zambrano recovered the body and took the remains to Algeciras.
NATO reported it sent several ships to the area included the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley, a French Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and a Spanish Search and Rescue helicopter.
Last month, a 35-year-old crew member of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Rhapsody of the Seas died after going overboard while the liner was docked in Croatia.