Missing Alaska Cruise Passenger Caught on Video Jumping Overboard

September 25, 2009
Sapphire Princess (1:18 p.m. EDT) -- Canadian police say video shows the 67-year-old female cruise passenger who went missing from Sapphire Princess jumping into the icy waters off the coast of Vancouver.

"It appears to be a suicide," Constable Lisa Ramsay of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the Vancouver Sun. "She was by herself, and the video shows her jumping off." According to Ramsay, family members said the woman, identified as Edelgard Carney of Sutter Creek, California, had a life-threatening illness -- but that they did not know she was suicidal.

A joint U.S.-Canadian rescue effort began on Wednesday after Carney failed to disembark the ship in Vancouver at the end of the four-day Alaska cruise.

U.S. Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley tells Cruise Critic that after examining the video, the cruise line first reported that Carney went overboard on Monday at approximately 6 p.m., when the ship was some 15 miles south of Ketchikan, Alaska. The line later altered the time to Tuesday morning at 6:08 a.m. -- placing the ship in Canadian waters off the coast of Vancouver Island.

Both Canadian and U.S. searches have since been suspended.

Our thoughts go out to the family.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor