Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Woman Falls From Queen Mary in Long Beach

A woman was fatally injured last night when she fell from the original Queen Mary ocean liner, which is now permanently moored in Long Beach for use as a hotel and entertainment center.

The incident occurred Monday evening (December 5, 2011) about 8:30pm. One bystander jumped into the cold water to try to rescue her, and two Long Beach police officers followed him. The woman was taken to a Long Beach hospital in critical condition and later died of her injuries. Her rescuers were treated for hypothermia.

The 26-year-old woman reportedly fell from a walkway at a height of about 75 feet from the water. No information is yet available about where they woman fell from on the ship, and according to local media, investigators are still trying to determine how and why she fell. A spokesman for the LA County Coroner's office indicated alcohol may have been a factor.