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Woman dies in fall from Queen Mary cruise ship
Woman dies after falling from Queen Mary cruise ship into cold US harbor
By The Associated Press

LONG BEACH, California (AP) ' A woman who fell some 75 feet (22 meters) from the Queen Mary ocean liner into cold water has died at a hospital, California authorities said Tuesday.

Emergency crews were called Monday night after witnesses reported a woman had fallen over the railing of the fourth-floor deck and a man jumped in to rescue her, said fire department spokesman Steve Yamamoto. The 40-year-old man was described as the woman's boyfriend.

The woman was rushed to a hospital in critical condition but later died, said Lt. MacWillie Cheryl with the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. Her name and age were not immediately released.

The death was being investigated as an apparent accident, police said.

The coroner's office will determine the exact cause of death and whether alcohol or other factors played a role.

The woman's boyfriend was being treated for hypothermia and was expected to recover.

Ship officials released a statement offering "sincere condolences to the woman's family regarding this very sad tragedy."

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