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PORT EVERGLADES, Fla., Dec 12, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A Canadian woman vanished from a cruise ship just before it docked at Nassau in the Bahamas.

Jill Begora's husband reported her missing at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Miami Herald said. He told officers on the Jewel of the Seas that he last saw her at 9 a.m., two and a half hours before the ship docked at Nassau.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines said that no evidence was found that Begora left the ship at Nassau. The vessel retraced its route into the port searching for her and reported her missing to the Coast Guard, which used a helicopter to search the area.

The Jewel of the Seas returned to Port Everglades, Fla., on Sunday morning. Begora's husband, Dr. Dennis Begora, a dentist in St. Catherine's, Ontario, was staying with a cousin in Fort Myers, Fla., after leaving the ship, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported.

At least 13 people have disappeared from cruise ships in the past two years out of about 20 million passengers. A Senate hearing on cruise ship safety is scheduled this week in Washington.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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