Woman falls overboard from cruise ship and triggers desperate search off Mallorca

A MASSIVE search and rescue operation is underway for a woman alleged to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship off Mallorca.

Authorities launched the search after being referred to as the Azamara Quest at 2am this morning – just hours after the ship left Barcelona.

The Azamara Quest cruise had just left Barcelona when a passenger reportedly fell overboard

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The Azamara Quest cruise had just left Barcelona when a passenger reportedly fell overboardPhoto credit: Solarpix
The Spanish Coast Guard has been deployed to support a desperate search and rescue mission

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The Spanish Coast Guard has been deployed to support a desperate search and rescue missionPhoto credit: Solarpix

Two Spanish Coast Guard helicopters and a ship have been drafted in to support the hunt in the Mediterranean.

And despite an extensive search throughout the day, the as yet unidentified “middle-aged” woman has not been found.

A spokesman for the Spanish Coast Guard said: “At 2am today, the cruise ship Azamara Quest informed our center in Palma of a person who fell into the water 75 miles off Mallorca.

“All night our Helimer 206 and 223 helicopters searched for her in an operation also involving the cruise ship and our ship Concepcion Arenal.”

The ship had reportedly just departed on the first day of an eight-day adults-only cruise through Spain, with a stopover in Casablanca, Morocco.

Tonight the ship is scheduled to be off the Spanish port of Cartagena on its way to Malaga on the Costa del Sol, where it is scheduled to dock early Monday morning.

The entire Azamara fleet returned to service for the first time in more than two years just late last month when Azamara Journey set sail from Greece.

During the coronavirus pandemic, it was sold by Royal Caribbean and bought by private equity firm Sycamore Partners.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5495627/woman-falls-overboard-cruise-search-majorca/ Woman falls overboard from cruise ship and triggers desperate search off Mallorca

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