Passengers' fall puzzles cruise line officials
Cruise line officials are trying to figure out how two passengers managed to fall at least 50 feet from a ship's balcony into the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, where they were rescued hours later. These articles are very similar in the sense they focus on the same core journalistic values. They both focus their article on novelty, timeliness, and proximity. They are both short articles that focus on just the facts of this unusual news article. The quotes from the respective articles show how the values are integrated into the respective pieces.
"You cannot just fall off a ship," said Princess Lines' spokeswoman Julie Benson, describing the occurrence as "extremely rare ... this hasn't happened to Princess, that I can recall."
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``They appear to be in satisfactory condition and we hope that no further medical attention will be needed,'' Julie Benson, spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said.
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