Alcohol Involved in Queen Mary Passenger's Death: Police

"We have evidence to support saying the victim was intoxicated," said a police spokesperson

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    File photo of the Queen Mary, a historic ocean liner, docked in Long Beach.

    Police are releasing more details about an accident in Long Beach that left a 26-year-old woman dead after she fell 75 feet off the Queen Mary into frigid water.

    Authorities already said they believe the death was accidental, but now there's a chance alcohol was involved.

    Woman Dies After Fall From Queen Mary

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    Police say the 26 year-old woman who died Monday after falling off the Queen Mary had been drinking when she climbed over a guard rail. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011)

    "We have evidence to support saying the victim was intoxicated," said Long Beach police spokesperson Nancy Pratt.

    The woman was apparently on a gangway, or ramp, that led from a shore-based elevator tower to an upper deck on the famed ship, which started its life as a luxury liner and later became a troop transport ship during World War II.

    The woman, whose identity has yet to be released, climbed over a guard rail before falling into the water about 8:30 p.m. Monday, according to witnesses.

    A 40-year-old man who dove into the water after the victim is believed to be the woman's boyfriend, Pratt said. He was hospitalized with minor injuries.

    A ship employee also jumped in, said Pratt.

    "When officers arrived, three people were in the water. One officer went in right away to assist. The boyfriend was unable to get out because he was suffering from hypothermia. A second officer went in to help him," Pratt said.