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Teen reported missing from cruise ship

January 6, 2006

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— A 15-year-old cruise passenger from Ireland was reported missing early Thursday in waters off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, the latest in a string of disappearances from cruise ships.

The passenger, who was traveling with her family, was aboard the cruise ship Costa Magica, which left Fort Lauderdale on New Year's Day on a week-long Western Caribbean itinerary. It is due back Sunday.

About 1 a.m. CDT Thursday, as the ship was making its way toward Cozumel, Mexico, the teenager was reported to have disappeared. "We have a full investigation going on," said Lynn Torrent, president of Costa Cruise Lines.

The cruise ship then circled the area until Mexican Navy vessels arrived to aid in the search. The cruise line said the ship's staff is trying to console the parents. "They're devastated," Torrent said.

The misfortune was the latest in a run that is drawing unwelcome attention to the cruise industry. More than a dozen people have vanished off cruise ships in the past two years, prompting a congressional hearing into cruise ship safety last month.

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