Passengers disembarking from cruise ship Balmoral in Southampton yesterday were questioned by police over the disappearance of an elderly man who is believed to have committed suicide by going overboard in the North Sea.
Some were delayed by up to three hours at the end of their eight-day cruise to the Norwegian fjords.
The man, who is believed to have been travelling alone, was last seen at dinner on Sunday, shortly after the 44,000-ton ship left Stavanger. He was reported missing the following morning when a stewardess found a note in his cabin.
The ship was by then in the North Sea, to the east of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
The man has not yet been named by police, but he was described by fellow passengers as a “pleasant elderly British gentleman.” Passengers were shown pictures of him and were asked to inform the police if they thought they knew what had happened to him.
A spokesperson for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines said the company was cooperating fully with Coastguard and police.