Passenger missing from Queen Mary 2 liner

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The Queen Mary 2 is based at the port of Southampton in the United Kingdom

The US Coast Guard have launched a search effort to locate an elderly woman reported missing from the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner.

Petty Officer David Micallef told the BBC a 74-year-old had been reported missing at 03:00 (22:00 GMT Thursday).

The Coast Guard have launched a search, which is still going on.

The transatlantic ocean liner, operated by the UK-based Cunard Cruise Line, has turned back and is now retracing its course.

The woman was first reported missing as the ship was passing nearly 100 miles (161km) south-east of Atlantic City, New Jersey, after departing from New York on Thursday evening.

The Coast Guard did not have more details to provide regarding the woman’s nationality or the circumstances under which she went missing.

They have launched an aerial search using a C-130 fixed wing airplane and a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Cunard have offered support to the missing woman’s family.

The Queen Mary 2 is based at the port of Southampton in the UK.

The luxury cruiser, which boasted of having the world’s “largest library at sea”, was renovated on 23 June, according to the Cunard website.

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