Police Launch Murder Investigation into Woman's Fatal Plunge Off Cruise Ship

Daniel Fowler
November 17, 2018

A 52-year-old American woman aboard Princess Cruises' Royal Princess ship sailing in the Caribbean on Tuesday fell to her death onto a lifeboat below.

Princess Cruises confirmed a 52-year-old American woman had died aboard the ship in a statement to USA Today, but did not further elaborate on the circumstances surrounding her passing.

"We are deeply saddened by this incident and offer our honest condolences to the family and those affected", a statement from the company said. "We are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities, including the FBI", Princess Cruises noted in a statement.

Some news outlets in Aruba said it was being probed as a possible murder. Princess Cruises did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment. "Not only will this be the first time in history that Princess Cruises has deployed two Royal-Class ships from the same homeport outside the Caribbean, but it will be the biggest deployment we've ever had in Sydney".

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The Royal Princess can carry up to 3,560 guests and a crew of 1,346, according to the cruise line. Later in the morning, another alert came through, telling passengers "there was a serious incident and no one could leave as local authorities were coming onboard".

Police officers and forensic specialists are investigating the possibility she was deliberately killed during an altercation with a man, Aruba's Diario stated.

An autopsy will reportedly be done to determine the woman's cause of death, the Curaçao Chronicle reported.

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