SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Coast Guard Monday was investigating the death of an 85-year-old woman who fell down some stairs on a whale-watching boat Sunday.
The accident aboard the 100-foot Marietta, a two-deck tour boat operated by San Diego Harbor Excursions, occurred about 11:30 a.m. when the vessel was about 5 miles offshore, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy said.
"It's a sad day at Flagship Cruises & Events as our company mourns the death of one of our passengers from our Sunday morning Whale Watching Cruise. An 84-year-old female resident of Escondido accidently fell on the Marietta yesterday while enjoying a Whale Watching Cruise with her daughter.The Flagship crew, assisted by a doctor and RN, immediately treated her injuries. Emergency procedures were implemented and the ship went to the Point Loma Harbor Police Dock where the care of the passenger was given to Fire and EMS Paramedics as they transported her to UCSD for further treatment.The passenger's name is not being released at this time and a Coast Guard Investigation is under way.Our hearts and deepest sympathies are extended to the family of the victim. Safety is our first priority aboard a Flagship Cruises & Events Whale Watching Cruise."