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Man to be charged in cruise ship death

A 47-year-old man from mainland China will appear in a Hong Kong court Monday on a charge of murder over the death of a woman who last week fell from a cruise ship, police said.

A police report said the man was arrested Friday after the 43-year-old woman fell into the sea off Waglan Island, near the eastern edge of Hong Kong’s territory, a special autonomous region in southern China.

A Hong Kong newspaper reported Saturday that the woman was pulled unconscious from the water 50 minutes after she was pushed overboard from the casino ship MV Macau Success.

The woman was pronounced dead by rescuers and marine police arrested her 47-year-old husband on board the Macau Success for questioning, the South China Morning Post reported.

The MV Macau Success is one of several passenger ships that ferry gamblers from Hong Kong into international waters, beyond the jurisdiction of city’s strict controls on gambling.

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