Search called off for woman missing from cruise ship

A search for a 63-year-old woman missing from a cruise ship has been called off a day after she was thought to have fallen or jumped overboard.

The woman, from Korea, was on a Norwegian Epic cruise north west of Menorca, a Spanish island, on Saturday when she plunged over her balcony about 1am, Nine News reported.

A search team of helicopters, a plane and boats were called to assist in finding the lady, who didn’t know how to swim, according to reports.

The ship turned around and travelled two hours to the spot the woman, who was reportedly wearing pink pyjamas, was believed to have fallen.

A woman fell from the balcony of her room at about 1am. Source: AAP

“Early morning on June 8, a 63-year-old Korean female guest went overboard while the ship was sailing from Cannes, France to Palma de Mallorca, Spain,” a Tweet from the cruise company read.

“As soon as the report was made, the authorities were notified and a search and rescue operation ensued.”

The following day, the company announced the search had been called off.

“The search has now ceased, and sadly, the guest has not been found. Our thoughts and prayers are with the individual's family during this difficult time.”

Rebekah Sanderlin, a passenger on the same cruise, said thousands joined forces to try and find the lady.

The lady, who couldn't swim, fell from her balcony about 1am. Source: AAP

“We spent all day yesterday in the area where she was believed to have been lost. For hours 1000s of passengers stared at the water looking for her, some with binoculars,” she wrote on Twitter.

“All over the ship, passengers were looking. Every passenger I talked to was very worried and very compassionate. Finally, last night the captain announced that incoming bad weather meant local authorities were calling off the search.”

The ship then docked in Barcelona, rather than its initial destination, Palma de Mallorca.

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