THE FORMER owner of luxury German fashion house Joop! Is thought to have drowned after falling off a cruise ship.

It’s feared Millionaire Kai Wunsche, 81, fell off MS Europa luxury cruise ship on Monday near the Dutch Island of Texel.

According to reports the ship was travelling from Hamburg, Germany, to Antwerp, Belgium – but the fashion giant was reported missing before it reached its destination.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, who owns the ship, has confirmed that an incident occurred – but the circumstances around his disappearance are not known.

A spokesperson for the company told The Times: “Our sympathy and thoughts are with the relatives”, but did not offer any further details.

This follows reports on Monday that a man had fallen overboard.

It alleged that the cruise ship turned round and a search got underway.

A helicopter, an aircraft and five boats were brought in to help – but rough seas forced rescue teams to call off the search on Monday evening. 

Kai is a successful entrepreneur and is the former owner of fashion brands Joop! and Cinque.

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