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Passengers on the cruise ship in the Mediterranean from which a British woman fell overboard were informed of the discovery of the body through an announcement from the ship's captain, Ian Hutley.
A statement from P&O Cruises said:
Rescuers searching for a British woman who fell overboard from a cruise ship in the Mediterranean have recovered a body, P&O Cruises said.
The ship's crew were alerted and ordered an immediate search for the woman, who has not yet been named.
A spokeswoman for P&O Cruises has said authorities were believed to have called off the search for the woman, who remains missing.
She confirmed the passenger had fallen overboard from the ship and that next of kin have been informed.
Passengers on the Aurora expressed their shock today after a British woman was believed to have fallen overboard from a P&O Cruise ship in the Mediterranean.
Pat Rodgers, 70, from Sheffield, said the missing woman was believed to be in her 70s and on holiday with her daughter.
Mrs Rodgers said the water had been "very choppy" and people on board were "sad and subdued" as a major air and sea search operation took place.
A British woman has believed to have fallen overboard from a P&O Cruise ship in the Mediterranean.
A search operation is underway for the as-yet unnamed passenger, who was reported missing on the Aurora ship as it sailed from the Portuguese city Oporto to Barcelona yesterday, the company said.
Despite an immediate search of the area by the ship's crew, the woman was not found.
"We can confirm a missing female presumed overboard from Aurora sailing from Oporto to Barcelona. The ship turned round to search for her and all relevant authorities have been advised," a P&O Cruises statement said.
The Aurora left Southampton for a 14-night western Mediterranean cruise on Wednesday. The company said that its care team is providing support and assistance to the family.