Woman Dies in Long Beach After Falling From Queen Mary

December 7, 2011

(7:15 a.m. EDT) -- A 26-year-old woman died on Monday after falling from a gangway leading to an upper deck of the Queen Mary, the former Cunard liner that now serves as a floating hotel in Long Beach, California.

The woman, who has not been named, is reported by the Associated Press to have climbed onto the gangway's railing, 75 feet above the water level, and fallen into water with a temperature in the low 60s. Her boyfriend, the report continues, jumped into the water in an attempt to save her and was subsequently treated for hypothermia. A crewmember in turn entered the water to assist the boyfriend and was unharmed. The woman was pulled from the water alive but died while in hospital. The couple were locals, from Long Beach.
A coroner's investigation will attempt to determine whether alcohol was involved; according to the news agency Reuters, the couple had been drinking in a bar on the ship and were disembarking when the woman climbed onto the gangway railing.
Queen Mary, built in 1936, has been permanently moored in Long Beach since 1967, where it serves as a tourist attraction and hotel.
--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor