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Woman’s body recovered after fall from cruise ship

The body of a 59-year-old woman was pulled from the water after falling from a cruise ship about 10 miles off Cape Ann Friday night, officials said.

The US Coast Guard said in a statement that officials received a call at about 7 p.m. that a woman had fallen overboard the 650-foot cruise ship, Seabourn Quest.

The ship immediately slowed and began search and rescue operations, the Seaborn cruise line said in a statement.

The ship, based out of the Bahamas, had left Boston Friday afternoon on a 10-day cruise to Montreal and was bound for Bar Harbor, Maine, officials said.


“We searched with multiple assets and with partner agencies by sea and air for the woman,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Leavitt, a watchstander at Sector Boston’s command center.

The woman’s body was recovered by Rockport Harbormaster officials, who were searching the waters on a 24-foot Boston Whaler with emergency medical service personnel onboard, at approximately 8:30 p.m. off Rockport, officials said.

Co-harbormasters Scott Story and Rosemary Lesch were onboard the rescue vessel.

It took the rescue team approximately 45 minutes to reach the location, but the woman’s body was found in about 15 minutes, Lesch said.

“The sea conditions were quite rough,” she said.

Seabourn’s care team members are providing support to the victim’s family and are working closely with authorities, the cruise line said in a statement.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time,” the statement said.

The cruise ship was released by the Coast Guard to resume its trip late Friday night.

Other first responders involved in the search included a lifeboat crew from US Coast Guard Station Gloucester, the crew of the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, and a MH-60 Jayhawk crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, the service said in a statement.


Lauren Fox can be reached at lauren.fox@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurenbfox.