Woman overboard from MSC Meraviglia in Skagerrak – perished
A German woman in her forties has died after she fell overboard from a large cruise ship in Skagerrak midway between Norway and Denmark on Friday afternoon.
The woman lost her life after she fell overboard from the cruise ship MSC Meraviglia, Danish police confirm to NRK.
She was provided with life-saving first aid in the helicopter en route to Aalborg Hospital in Denmark. It was initially reported that the woman was in her seventies, but this is later corrected by the Main Rescue Centre southern Norway.
A Danish rescue helicopter assisted in the major rescue operation, following the announcement that a passenger had fallen overboard from the cruise ship. This helicopter discovered the woman floating in the strait that separates Denmark from Norway.
“It was provided life-saving first aid in the helicopter on the way to Aalborg,” Communications Officer of the Danish Defence Operations Centre, Frank Thoresen, tells NRK.
In Norwegian waters
“As the Cruise ship was in Norwegian waters, it was the Main Rescue Centre Southern Norway (HRS) who was responsible for the coordination of the rescue operation,” Rescue Leader of HRS, Børge Galta, informs NTB.
Several vessels that were in the area contributed to the rescue operation. There were several fishing vessels involved. Additionally, a rescue boat from Norway was notified. The rescue boat, however, aborted the operation when the woman was found.
The cruise ship, MSC Meraviglia, is owned by MSC Cruises. Meraviglia has a passenger capacity of 6,000.
MSC Meraviglia was on its way from Flåm to Kiel in Germany. Witnesses on board the ship allegedly saw a woman fall overboard, the Rescue Leader informs Bergens Tidende.
The Main Rescue Centre at Sola (outside Stavanger) was notified of the incident at a quarter to one in the afternoon.
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