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Windstar Cruises Yacht Star Breeze November 7, 2015

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Woman Disembarked By Captain
American Evades Italy Jail - Fine After Overboard

Windstar Cruises Yacht Star Breeze November 7, 2015

An American woman, 43, had embarked on a Halloween cruise Friday, October 30, 2015 with her boyfriend aboard Windstar Cruises' Yacht Star Breeze for a $ 2,799 per person and up, 9-Day Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast cruise from Venice to Rome when the woman jumped overboard around midnight on Saturday November 7, 2015.

Star Breeze called at Rovinj, Croatia; Split, Croatia; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Messina, Italy; Capri, Italy; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. The ship was between Giglio, Italy and Elba Italy, when the woman jumped overboard near the stern of the cruise ship around midnight.

Star Breeze's captain ordered his rescue boat into the water and the woman was found about an hour later. She was reported under the influence of alcohol, was "confused" and had bruises to her side but required no medical treatment and didn't go to a hospital. She was taken back aboard Star Breeze and reportedly disembarked by the captain, along with her boyfriend.

The intentional overboard was reported to state police for prosecution. She faced six months and jail and a 500€ fine if convicted. Italian law prohibits acts requiring rescue from the sea. Italian voiced dismay at her exit from Italy before she could face a court for her crime.

The burden would be on investigators to discover and prove if she jumped, accidentally fell or was pushed into order to get an conviction.


The 440 foot-long Star Breeze accommodates 212 passengers served by 124 crew, with six decks, 106 suites including Balcony and Ocean View Suites - Cabins are 277 square feet, have a queen bed/two twins, full-size tub with shower.

The Classic Suites offer 400-530 square feet, with living area and French doors onto a private veranda; the cabin has two closets.

At the top of the scale are the 2 Owner’s Suites, 575 square feet with separate living room and dining areas, a veranda, a full master bath and separate powder room.

All cabins include waffle-weave robe and slippers, fresh fruit bowl and fresh flowers, fully-stocked mini-bar/refrigerator. All non-alcoholic beverages, including cappuccino, espresso, and other specialty non-alcoholic drinks are included.

United States Suicide Laws (Wikipedia)

United States - Historically, various states listed the act of suicide as a felony, but these policies were sparsely enforced and are now removed.

However, embarking from a cruise ship port In California then jumping overboard in an attempt to end one's life can result in medical facility admission, Medical facilities are empowered or required to commit anyone whom they believe to be suicidal for evaluation and treatment.


International Suicide Laws (Wikipedia)

Suicide has historically been a crime in some parts of the world. However, the decriminalization of individual suicides have occurred in western societies, although the act is still stigmatized and discouraged.

While a person who has completed suicide is beyond the reach of the law, those attempting suicide can be dealt with by the laws of some jurisdictions as some countries criminalize failed suicide attempts.

Australia - In the Australian state of Victoria, while suicide itself is no longer a crime, a survivor of a suicide pact can be charged with manslaughter.

Canada - The common law crimes of attempting suicide was codified in Canada when Parliament enacted the Criminal Code in 1892. Eighty years later, in 1972, Parliament repealed the offence of attempting suicide from the Criminal Code based on the argument that a legal deterrent was unnecessary.

India - In India, suicide is illegal and a survivor could face a jail term of up to one year and a fine under Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code. The Government of India has announced in 2014 its decision to repeal the law.

Ireland - Attempted suicide is not a criminal offence in Ireland and, under Irish law, self-harm is not generally seen as a form of attempted suicide. It was decriminalized in 1993.

Malaysia - Under section 309 of the Penal Code of Malaysia, whoever attempts to commit suicide, and does any act towards the commission of such offence, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or with both.

North Korea - North Korea has a peculiar deterrent for suicides. Although the state cannot punish a dead person, in North Korea, relatives of a criminal (including a suicide victim) might be penalized.

Norway - Suicide or attempted suicide is not illegal in Norway.

Russian Federation - In Russia, a person whose mental disorder "poses a danger to themselves" could be taken for psychiatric care.

Singapore - In Singapore, a person who attempts to commit suicide can be imprisoned for up to one year.

United Kingdom - England and Wales - Suicide ceased to be a criminal offence with the passing of the Suicide Act 1961. With respect to civil law the simple act of suicide is lawful but the consequences of committing suicide might turn an individual event into an unlawful act.

Scotland - Suicide directly involving only the deceased person is not by itself a criminal offence under Scots Law. However, attempting suicide might be a Breach of the peace if it is not done as a private act; this is routinely reported in the case of persons threatening suicide in areas frequented by the public. Despite not being a criminal offence, consequential liability upon the person attempting suicide (or if successful, his/her estate) might arise under civil law where e.g. it parallels the civil liabilities recognized in the (English Law).

This is the second Halloween cruise overboard. Another Horrific Overboard on Halloween also resulted in death.

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