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Singapore: A search operation was launched Monday after a passenger fell overboard from a cruise ship on its way to Singapore, authorities said.

The passenger fell off the Spectrum of the Seas in the Singapore Strait en route to the city-state, Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority said.

The authoritiy said its Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was leading a search and rescue operation to find the missing passenger.


The crew of the Cyprus-flagged ship had "immediately launched" an effort to find the passenger and were "supporting with investigations", the centre said.

The ship's operator, Royal Caribbean International, said in a statement that "the ship has since been cleared by the authorities and sailed as scheduled on Monday evening".

An itinerary showed the vessel was due to depart Singapore on Monday on a 12-night cruise to Japan.

The operator did not give further details, citing "privacy and respect" for the missing person's family.