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UPDATE: Cruise Ship Passenger Intentionally Jumped Overboard

November 13, 2013, 4:35 PM HST
* Updated November 14, 1:10 PM
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***Updated 10:43 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.***

A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said a woman that went overboard from a Hawaii-bound cruise ship Wednesday intentionally jumped.

The spokeswoman told reporters that the leap was witnessed by another passenger and confirmed by a security camera.

The woman, who was not identified, is believed to be in her 50s.

She was originally described as being 30 years old.

The incident happened in waters about 650 miles northeast of Hilo as the Grand Princess was three days into a round-trip cruise to Hawaii from San Francisco.

The woman was still missing late Thursday morning, a Coast Guard spokeswoman told Big Island Now.

The Coast Guard HC-130 aircraft sent to help in the search has been replaced by an Navy AP-3 Orion, the spokeswoman said.

Posted 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13:

A search is underway 750 miles northeast of Hilo for a cruise ship passenger that fell overboard.

The 30-year-old woman was last seen at about noon, the crew of the Grand Princess told the Coast Guard at 1 p.m.

The ship reversed course to look for the missing passenger, who was reported to be a US citizen.

The Coast Guard has dispatched an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Barber’s Point on Oahu to assist in the search.

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