Canadian woman goes missing during Bahamian cruise
Last Updated Sun, 11 Dec 2005 18:21:32 EST CBC News
The U.S. Coast Guard and Bahamian naval boats are searching for a Canadian woman after she mysteriously disappeared while on a cruise ship off the Bahamas.
Officials said they fear Jill Begora, 59, may have fallen overboard as she travelled on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Jewel of the Seas on the weekend.
Officials didn't immediately say where Begora was from or give other details about her.
Her husband reported her absence on Saturday morning, as the ship approached the Bahamian capital of Nassau after visiting the eastern Caribbean island of Antigua.
The crew searched the vessel but couldn't find any sign of Begora and filed a missing person report with the U.S. Coast Guard.
"They did a full ship search and there was no evidence that she had left the ship in Nassau," leading officials to believe she may have fallen into the water, Coast Guard spokesman Dana Warr told the Associated Press.
A Coast Guard C-130 plane was conducting overhead searches on Sunday in the area where Begora was reported missing, about 40 kilometres northeast of Nassau.
Bahamian naval boats were looking for her along the shoreline.
The Jewel of the Seas arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday and was searched by Coast Guard staff.
The investigation will be turned over to the FBI, officials said.
*This has me thinking again about Amy Bradley and Natalee Holloway, although it seems unlikely a 59yr old would get taken into the sex trade*