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Man lost at sea leaves wife seeking answers

By George Philis

A woman in Limassol mourns the loss of her husband who fell overboard last December, but feels she is being left in the dark.

Michael Schwarz, an Austrian national who lived in Cyprus, was on a business trip in Germany when he boarded an Oslo-bound ferry on December 19.

The next day, his Cypriot wife Georgia Schwarz got a phone call in her Limassol home, saying her husband did not disembark the cruise ship Color Magic.

“I was in utter shock and disbelief,” Georgia told the Cyprus Weekly.

She said she was in contact with her husband the previous night and nothing seemed out of place.

“We spoke around 9.30pm. He then texted me around 11.30pm to say good night.”

But as the night went on, according to official reports, Michael was recorded by CCTV walking on the deck of Color Magic at 2.10am Tuesday December 20.

Another camera captured someone walking astern at 3.25am, with officials concluding it must have been Michael, who then appears to go over the guard rail and jump into the water.

Georgia, who has watched the video, says it doesn’t show clearly what happened and the time gap raises more questions.

She is also upset that Michael’s cabin was cleared before the police was notified and believes authorities need to do more.

“I lost my husband. I am asking for access to Michael’s telecommunications data. This is the first thing police ought to do when a person goes missing like that,” she said.

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