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Queen Mary 2 Crew Member Who Went Overboard Presumed Dead

The cruise line said the crew member went overboard Saturday, and experts say the chances of survival in the water for this long are doubtful.
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Queen Mary 2 arrives in New York, the final leg of her 175th Anniversary tour, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.Diane Bondareff / AP

A cruise line crew member who went overboard while the ship was off the coast of Newfoundland Saturday morning is presumed dead and the search was called off, the cruise company said in a statement.

Cunard Line said Sunday that there were no sightings of the Queen Mary 2 crew member who went overboard early in the morning. Photos posted to social media by passengers showed foggy conditions as the search was ongoing.

Followed by the Royal Canadian Navy's Frigate HMCS Montreal, Queen Mary 2 departs from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Friday, July 10, 2015.Diane Bondareff / AP

"Having discussed this with experts ashore there is no possibility that the crew member could have survived this long in the water and we therefore have to presume that he died in the water," Cunard Line said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, which has been informed, as well as friends and his colleagues on board," the statement said. The crew member’s identity was not released.

The Queen Mary 2 is the cruise line’s flagship. It is more than 1,100 feet long and can hold up to more than 2,600 passengers, according to Cunard.

The Queen Mary 2 changed its course to help in the search, Cunard said. It is due to arrive in Halifax Monday.