Cruise passenger believed to have jumped overboard

Police believe an elderly US woman who disappeared from an Alaskan cruise off the coast of Canada jumped from the ship and drowned.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Nelson Salter said Edelgard Carney, 67, of Sutter Creek, California, was suffering from an undisclosed medical condition and had wrapped up some of her personal affairs back home before going on the cruise.

He said video surveillance from the Princess Cruise ship Sapphire Princess showed Ms Carney jumping from the ship on Tuesday and it appeared to be a suicide.

Her initial disappearance prompted a search by the Canadian and US coast guards from Vancouver to Alaska, but that search was called off.

Sgt Salter said Ms Carney is presumed to have drowned.

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