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Update: Woman Plunges To Her Death Off Queen Mary

Witnesses saw her arguing with a man on the top gangway before she said, "I don't want to live" and lost her footing, falling 75 feet.

 

8:10 p.m.-Update: The L.A. Coroner said it has just received the victim from the hospital, which reported the death as accidental. An investigator will be assigned in coming days and an autopsy performed to determine the cause of death.

1:00p.m.- Updates with Long Beach police department info, residency, other information.

A 26-year-old Long Beach woman plunged 75 feet to her death Monday night from a Queen Mary gangway, and witnesses told Patch that this followed an argument with a man who tried to hang on to her before she dropped into the cold water.

Nancy Pratt, spokeswoman for the Long Beach police department, said the woman was a Long Beach resident who had been drinking before she departed the ship via a gangway. Witnesses told police that she climbed the railing from which she fell. And Pratt and a Queen Mary spokeswoman said that a ship employee also had jumped in to save the woman.

The Los Angeles Coroner's Office said at 1 p.m. Tuesday that the woman's family has not been notified and her identity, thus, will not yet be released, and her cause of death not determined until a subsequent autopsy.

Long Beach Fire department spokesman Steve Yamamoto said four different people--a fireman, two police officers and her companion--jumped in to rescue her, most suffering hypothermia from the chilling sea water on the parking lot side of the ship. A fifth person, an employee of the hotel-dining visitor attraction, also tried to rescue her.

Earlier story: The woman, who was not identified, was rushed to a hospital but died there, the L.A. County Coroner's Office said early Tuesday. The woman's 40-year-old male companion made a 15-foot jump down into the water to reach her, Yamamoto said. The man was later fished out and hospitalized for hypothermia, his condition unknown by fire officials.

Two police officers also jumped in trying to rescue her and were treated for hypothermia at the ship. A fourth would-be rescuer--a Long Beach fireman who is also a swift water rescue team member and slid on a wetsuit--was able to get in and stay in longer. He attempted to keep the woman's airway clear until she could be removed from the water, Yamamoto said.

The incident was reported at 8:35 p.m. Yamamoto said, but it was not clear yet exactly how the woman, who was not identified, ended up in the water.

But two employees who witnessed the fight and the woman going overboard told Patch they saw what happened. They'd been ordered not to talk and wouldn't give their names, but provided eyewitness detail.

They said that the woman had been arguing, with a man they called her boyfriend, near the center of the top level gangway for nearly 10 minutes. One of the employees said that the argument was not decipherable, until the end.

It was at the end that one employee recounted what he saw and heard, she said, "I don't want to live, I don't want to be with you anymore, I don't want to go on." 

Then, the employee said, it all happened in slow motion. He said the woman made a "motion like she was going to go over the rail and slipped."

"The man tried to hang on to her, but she was heavy-set, and he couldn't hold her for very long. Then she just fell, it happened so fast. We ran towards them, and he ran down the steps to the bottom landing and jumped in."

One of the employees saw the entire, nearly 10 minute argument, while the second employee said he saw the final three or four minutes.

The employees said the ship had been "relatively quiet" that night, and therefore, no one really knew the situation unless they were near the elevator landing or near the gangway on the ship's deck.

"Sounds are very muffled on the ship, so no one knew what was happening" one employee said, "until the sirens and flashing lights started approaching."

For a look at historic Queen Mary tragedies click our story link here.

redneck73 December 06, 2011 at 07:46 PM
suicidal people have the right to kill themselves. she wanted to die...shes dead. let her be.
T. December 06, 2011 at 08:33 PM
A witness said, "the woman made a "motion like she was going to go over the rail and slipped."..... If she slipped that means she didnt jump, so did she really want to end her life or was she just irate, with no real intentions of jumping? I guess it doesnt matter much at this point, does it? My heart goes out to her family. Those who attempted to save her should all be commended, as well.
redneck73 December 06, 2011 at 08:38 PM
suicidal people have the right to end they're lives. she dead...let her be. she made a mistake by scaring her bf. she was stupid in her actions. u dont fool around with scaring some1 with death cause in the end...its always gonna come back to bite u. stupidity will always have its fortunates & unfortunates.
Flo Nightengale December 06, 2011 at 09:00 PM
so true!
Joe Naclerio December 06, 2011 at 09:05 PM
IT IS TRULY SAD WHAT HAPPENED HERE INVOLVING POOR JUDGEMENT BUT ULTIMATELY THERE IS NOTHING FORTUNATE ABOUT THIS STORY.
M December 06, 2011 at 09:43 PM
May her soul R.I.P. and may much needed comfort and strength overflow to her loved- ones. Alcohol was involved. May this be a lesson to all whom read this message, Alcohol is a drug and alters' ones sense of judgement, mood and is the culprit of many unfortunate events in peoples lives. Please drink responsibly for your own sake and the sake of others. Remember, alcohol IS a drug that gets abused and has ruined many a lives, beit unfortunate circumstances including death. If one person learns from this young Woman's misfortune then she has not died in vein. To her Family & loved ones, know that many compassionate people including myself are humbled and moved by this sad sad occurance, and many many prayers are headed your way.
CDARRELLRYZ December 06, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Think. Just think if the witnesses were further away and all they saw were two people arguing. The DA would hop, skip, and jump over the true facts. The DA would say the suspect was arguing with the victim; next thing you know she's dead. He pushed her. In this case, it is very possible he was trying to save her; not kill her.
Dickie Doodles December 06, 2011 at 10:33 PM
"Woman Plunges to Death at Attraction" Another brilliant HUFFPOST tagline. I was expecting to read about some overworked cleaning woman at this park who died as the result of a clogged toilet. Then I read the story headline which added the word "Her" which cleared up the confusion for me.
Moyra December 06, 2011 at 10:36 PM
I bet they argued over something stupid too.
Lina Beth Jones Sterling December 06, 2011 at 10:53 PM
You are sympathetic but also wrong. "For mere oppression may make a wise one act crazy and a gift can destroy the heart" ECC 7:7 Why & what we do in a moment can only be known by the creator, he is the reader of hearts and he forgives. Even something like this.
sylva December 06, 2011 at 11:02 PM
How can you say anything about her soul? You just know it all, don't you? The bible is a work of fiction, written by men who passed stories down through hundreds of years before some of then wrote things down. Tell a story in your office in the morning and see how distorted it is by the end of the day. No more truth in it than the bible - a fairy tale with no proof to back it up. But you know all about her soul. What a crock!
Brenda December 06, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Wondering how she died if that many people jumped in to save her? Obviously I dont know if that far of a fall in itself will cause death. 75 ft, half the length of a normal house property. Unless she hit her head going down :( Very sad story, and yes add booze to anything and its 100x worse then it would be sober.
Trish December 06, 2011 at 11:23 PM
@sylva. May I recommend a book to you? Josh McDowell’s More Than A Carpenter. Please, take a look. Reading it will bring clarity. And the truth.
John Doe December 06, 2011 at 11:59 PM
To blame alcohol for this is a simplification. Millions of Americans drink. I drink. We are not all alcoholics. People who do things like this have mental problems to begin with, and often alcohol is a symptom of underlying emotional problems, not the other way around. While it's true that some people have no business drinking, and alcohol may make things worse for them, it's too simple to say that alcohol caused this woman to do what she did.
Rick Molinia December 07, 2011 at 12:02 AM
sad, 2 young 2 die...
mike December 07, 2011 at 12:25 AM
What is a gangway?
Nancy Wride (Editor) December 07, 2011 at 01:55 AM
Hi mike, gangway is defined as a passageway, or the opening by which a ship is boarded. Dictionaries also say gangplank but, to me, it has a pirate connotation. It is also defined as either of the sides of the upper deck of a ship.
Merenda December 07, 2011 at 02:38 AM
Umm, Brenda, 75 feet is like 7 stories. And, then there is the FREEZING waters below in a very small area before the edge of the ship on one side and the underwater rock edging before the "landing/land" slope. The ship is surrounded by a rock current protection on the other side of it. Also, add in there we're freezing tempatures all throughout the State of Ca last night and very low day temps for this time of year. Lower then average. Then, add in alcohol, the body will react in a different mannar then normal. Besides, if you had the b/f, ship employees, off duty and on duty emergency personnel ALL suffer hypothermia, then there surely IS a possibilty of death. After all, SHE went 75 ft down then the water. The others went down the 15 ft slope to go in. I have been on this ship and that EXACT gangway several times. That is an ENORMOUS FALL!
Lucitee December 07, 2011 at 03:11 AM
CD, you are correct! It is obvious from the words she uttered that she was a troubled person! NOTHING, no matter HOW dire, should EVER erase ones "will to live"! Hopefully, her boyfriend will get counseling! He is NOT at fault!
Randy Scott December 07, 2011 at 04:14 AM
They'd been ordered not to talk and wouldn't give their names, but provided eyewitness detail. ???? Isn't this going against the order not to talk?
Jodi Biezenbos December 07, 2011 at 04:16 AM
You probably know what a jetway is for boarding an airplane from inside the airport right? Same kind of thing. You board the ship from inside a building. Some gangways are totally closed like plane jetways and others are open top with sides that are waist to chest high. If you look at the picture at the top you see 3 things going out to the side of the ship. THOSE are gangways.
Gabriel Ortiz December 07, 2011 at 04:24 AM
I take it by your sense of irony; including passionate, motivated, & profound characterization and a subtle use of authorial intrusion, that you must be another out of work Lit. Major. My regards.
AJBosox December 08, 2011 at 12:04 AM
The girl who fell was an old friend of mine, we went to high school together. Please be courteous that her friends and family might read your comments before you joke around about the story. She was a great person, never deserved this to happen to her...RIP Kelly...
Nancy Wride (Editor) December 08, 2011 at 12:12 AM
AJ, would you like to tell me some positive good stuff about Kelly? I would like to know. Email me and we can exchange numbers. nancy.wride@patch.com. Thanks.
Nancy Wride (Editor) December 08, 2011 at 12:15 AM
This is the updated story from today, with her high school photo and some details about her. As we added to this link, the railing was four feet high. It does not sound like she could accidentally fall over it though she may not have wanted to fall. http: //patch.com/A-prnH

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