Spain: Search underway for ‘woman who fell overboard’ from cruise ship

The cruise ship Azamara Quest

The Azamara Quest had just left Barcelona when the incident happened (Image: Getty)

A search and rescue operation is underway for a woman who fell overboard from a cruise ship in Spain.

An alarm went off at 2am yesterday, just hours after the Azamara Quest left Barcelona and was off the coast of Mallorca.

While the woman’s nationality has not yet been released, she has been described as “middle-aged.”

It’s unclear how the incident happened, but this was the first of an eight-day adults-only cruise through Spain, stopping in Casablanca, Morocco.

Two Spanish Coast Guard helicopters were mobilized to search for her along with one of their ships, and the cruise ship also halted its voyage to assist.

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

“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 entire Azamara fleet returned to service in late May for the first time in more than two years following the pandemic.

The Azamara Quest is a mid-size ship with seven restaurants, cafes and lounges.

It is scheduled to depart Denmark’s capital Copenhagen on June 28 for a 14-day Baltic Capitals Voyage.

The cruise, currently advertised from £1,520 per person, ends in Southampton on 12 July.

Destinations promoted by the company include Greece, Turkey, Italy and Crete, among others.

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Justin Scacco

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