US Coast guard hunt for missing elderly cruise passenger

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    US Coast Guard officials have launched a major search in a bid to find a woman who has been reported missing from the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship.

    According to Petty Officer David Micallef, a 74 year old woman was reported missing in the early hours of the morning on Thursday. The Coast Guard immediately launched a search, which is still ongoing.

    The cruise ship, which is operated by Cunard Cruise Line, based in the UK, has now turned around and is retracing its route in a bid to local the woman.

    She was reported missing after the boat left New York on Thursday night, just as it was around 100 miles south east of Atlantic City in New Jersey. Currently, no details have been given about the woman’s name, nationality, or how she may have disappeared.

    Air and sea search

    The Coast Guard is searching via the air so it can cover a wide area, using a C-130 fixed wing airplane and a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Meanwhile, Cunard say they are offering support to the missing woman’s frantic family.

    Queen Mary 2 is based in Southampton in the South of the UK. It is the oldest and most famous of the Cunard ships. Currently, the ship is understood to have been on a 27 day cruise, which was heading to the Caribbean for Christmas.

    Built in 2003, the ship cost around $900 million to make and is capable of reaching speeds of 35 mph. When full, the Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the Cunard Line, is capable of carrying 1,3000 passengers. Only just refurbished, Cunard boasts that it is one of the most modern cruise vessels designed nowadays.

    The biggest ocean liner in the world, it ws built specifically to cross the Atlantic ocean. It has dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges and even a Planetarium onboard. She is currently the only ocean liner still sailing Transatlantic cruise crossing schedules each year between Southampton and New York.