Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Woman missing after falling from cruise ship in Pacific

Woman missing after falling from cruise ship in Pacific

"We are still continuing our search at this time", she said.

The ship turned around when the alert was issued and began searching in what was described by AMSA as "rough conditions with a three to four-metre swell".

P&O said in a statement it had searched throughout the night and into the morning after first light without success.

"The hard decision to suspend the search was made only after expert advice that survival after this length of time in hard sea conditions and after a full night at sea was not considered possible", Carnival Australia spokesman David Jones said on Friday.

Teg An said this was her 10th cruise with P&O, her 12th overall, and "this is by far the worst thing I've seen happen on a cruise".

"A crew member notified the bridge straight away and the "man overboard" incident response was activated immediately", Carnival Australia spokesman David Jones said in a statement.

Pic The cruise's journey route the red circle indicating the incident area
Pic The cruise's journey route the red circle indicating the incident area

"It is with a very heavy heart that I need to let you know that we have been unable to locate our guest", the captain of the Dawn Pacific told passengers on Friday morning, according to the Guardian's Australian edition.

The search has been called off for a woman who fell overboard from the P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn, west of New Caledonia.

According to The Courier Mail, passengers said that the woman had gone outside to vomit as she was seasick, and was thrown overboard when a wave struck the side of the ship. The missing passenger was reportedly travelling with her kids, but it is unknown if they were on the deck.

Queensland Police officers are due to meet the ship when it returns to Brisbane on Sunday, at around 11 a.m.

An exhaustive 13-hour search for a woman who went overboard a cruise ship last night has been called off, and the vessel is now on its way back to Brisbane.

The ship was on a week-long cruise from Brisbane to the South Pacific, stopping at Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila.


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