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.
The captain made an announcement over the loudspeaker at 8.10am this morning and asked everyone to help keep a lookout.
There have been planes and a helicopter circling overhead and the lifeboats are out. The helicopter has gone back to Lisbon now to refuel. We can see other cruise ships and cargo ships all helping with the search.
We heard that the woman is 72 and was on holiday with her daughter, we don't know how she fell in.
The passengers are all very sad and subdued as the outlook doesn't look good. The sea is very choppy. We are just so concerned for this woman and her family. It is awful.
More top news
An eight-year-old girl died suddenly last week after she collapsed in the classroom, suffering from a brain aneurysm.
The 72-year-old had to be helicoptered from the mountain, when he was just a few hours from the summit on Monday.
Inspectors also found the electric meter had been bypassed to avoid paying for electricity.