ROCKPORT, Mass. — Officials say the body of a 59-year-old woman who fell off a cruise ship has been pulled from waters off the Massachusetts coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it received a distress call around 7 p.m. Friday that a woman had fallen overboard the Seabourn Quest while the cruise ship was about 10 miles off Cape Ann.

The Coast Guard responded by air and by sea, along with Rockport Harbormaster officials, who pulled the woman’s body from the water around 8:30 p.m. Harbormaster officials confirmed she was dead.

No other details about the woman or how she went overboard had been released as of late Saturday night.

The Coast Guard says the 650-foot cruise ship, based out of the Bahamas, had left Boston on Friday afternoon and was bound for Bar Harbor, Maine.

FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera said in a written statement Saturday that the FBI is handling the investigation into the death of the woman, whose name has not been released.

“The FBI has jurisdiction over any incident on the high seas,” Setera said. “As such, the FBI is dedicating resources and working jointly with the US Coast Guard to investigate the incident last night.”


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