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Woman dies after falling 35ft from historic Texas ship

A Houston woman who fell from the mast of the historic Elissa tall ship in Galveston has succumbed to her injuries, officials said.

The woman allegedly fell from a height of about 35 feet, Galveston Port Police Chief Kenneth Brown said, Houston news channel Khou 11 reported.

While the 58-year-old Clear Lake resident has yet to be identified, Police Chief Mr Brown said she was a volunteer working on the ship when she fell from the height on Saturday, calling it a horrible tragedy.

The volunteers were working on the dock of the ship when the woman would come down from the height. She had a safety harness on when she fell, Mr Brown said, adding that the harness was not attached to the vessel.

According to preliminary reports, the woman fell from a height of approximately 60 feet. However, police officials corrected it to 35 feet later, the report added.

Officials said alcohol, drugs or foul play are not believed to be factors in the crash.

Dating back to 1877, the boat is managed by the Galveston Historical Foundation and serves as the official tall ship of Texas. The 1877 tall ship Elissa is believed to be one of three of its kind in the world actively sailing.

Elissa served as “a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a seaport and an active warfront,” the foundation said.

The ship was to sail next on April 8.