There appears to be another cruise ship missing person’s case. This time on Royal Caribbean’s “Jewel of the Seas”. Jill Begora, a 59 year old Canadian, was reported missing by her husband Saturday morning.
Jill Begora, 59, was reported missing by her husband Saturday morning as the Royal Caribbean cruise ship ”Jewel of the Seas” pulled into Nassau, the Bahamian capital, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Dana Warr said.
The cruise ship arrived early today to Broward County’s Port Everglades, where Coast Guard officials conducted an onboard investigation, the Coast Guard said.
The ship’s crew filed a missing person’s report with the Coast Guard after a search of the vessel turned up no sign of Begora, Warr said.
Jill Begora is believed to have fallen over board as after a full search of the ship provided no evidence in her disappearance.
”They did a full ship search and there was no evidence that she had left the ship in Nassau,” leading authorities to believe she may have fallen overboard, Warr said.
A Coast Guard C-130 plane was conducting an overhead search about 25 miles northeast of Nassau, the area where the ship was when Begora was first reported missing, Warr said.
According to CBC News, U.S. Coast Guard and Bahamian naval boats have called off a search for Jill Begora.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Bahamian naval boats have called off a search for a Canadian woman who mysteriously disappeared while on a cruise ship off the Bahamas.
Officials said they feared Jill Begora, 59, may have fallen overboard as she traveled on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Jewel of the Seas on the weekend.
Late Sunday, Warr said the search had been called off and wouldn’t resume.
He said the ship had arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it was searched by Coast Guard staff.
The investigation will be turned over to the FBI, officials said.
This disappearance comes off the much publicized missing groom cruise ship missing persons case where George Allen Smith IV disappeared aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas.
The family of missing cruise-ship passenger George Allen Smith IV said Friday they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Miami-Based Royal Caribbean.
The timing could not be any worse for Royal Caribbean as Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays is scheduled to hold congressional hearings on the cruise industry this week stemming from many missing person’s accounts that were questionably handled.
Royal Caribbean officials say passenger safety is the company’s top priority.
Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays is holding congressional hearings on the cruise industry next week.
Royal Caribbean didn’t immediately respond to requests seeking comment in the disappearance of Jill Begora.
The Jewel of the Seas is one of the Florida-based companies newer cruise ships and can hold 2,100 guests, according to Royal Caribbean’s website.
Full AP story, Coast Guard, Bahamas search for woman missing from cruise ship
“We’ll start (searching) again (Monday) if requested” by Bahamian authorities, said Warr, who called finding someone in the ocean “one of the hardest things the Coast Guard has to do.”
“You’re talking about thousands of square miles of water,” he said of the search area.
The cruise ship arrived early Sunday to Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades, where Coast Guard officials conducted an onboard investigation. The findings will be turned over to the FBI.