The Coast Guard recovered the body of a woman who fell overboard from a cruise ship that was returning to Florida early Thursday.
A 36-year-old woman, who was not publicly identified, was found 18 miles from the shore of Port Canaveral, according to the Coast Guard's Southeast district. She was on the MSC Meraviglia, which is owned and operated by MSC Cruises.
The company offering the woman's family condolences in a statement Thursday and explained that ship's "advanced detection systems" alerted staff members to an overboard passenger.
"The crew performed an immediate search and rescue operation, alongside the US Coast Guard who supported search efforts with boats and a helicopter," MSC Cruises said. "Unfortunately, despite the rapid rescue operation, the passenger sustained fatal injuries. We are offering our full support to authorities as they investigate this matter."
The Coast Guard is investigating why the woman fell and did not have additional details Thursday.