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Florida woman attacked by cruise ship employee

INTERNATIONAL WATERS  --  A woman is recovering after being brutally attacked on Caribbean cruise out of Florida.

A 31-year-old American woman was on a seven-day roundtrip cruise on board a "Holland America" ship.

Investigators say she was attacked by a man who was working as a "cabin attendant" on the ship.

Investigators say he used his master key card to enter her stateroom, hid on the balcony and waited for her to come back.

He's then accused of violently beating and sexually assaulting the unsuspecting woman.
At one point, she says he even tried to throw her off the balcony.

It's happened before. People have disappeared from these ships. The prosecution rates are exceedingly low and this is the perfect place to commit a crime, assault someone and throw them overboard. Most people get away with it."

The victim managed to escape and was flown to the hospital.
The suspected attacker was detained.
Since the alleged attack happened over International Waters he faces federal charges of attempted murder and aggravated sexual abuse.