Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Search called off after woman falls from P&O Cruises ship

Search called off after woman falls from P&O Cruises ship

The Captain this morning made an announcement to passengers confirming the search had been unsuccessful.

The ship, bound for Brisbane, turned around immediately to search for the woman, operator P&O Cruises said.

"As a result, we have now made the extremely hard decision to continue our journey towards Brisbane".

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

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"I know I speak on behalf of all of you when I say our thoughts and prayers are with the family".

A Brisbane man holidaying on the ship with his family, who also asked not to be identified, told AAP conditions in the search area were rough, with three-to-four metre swells.

In line with normal procedure, the Pacific Dawn incident has been referred to Queensland Police and to the Coroner for appropriate inquiries. The woman is reportedly travelling with her children, however, it is unclear if they were on the deck with her.

An Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman said expert medical advice was that the longest the woman could have survived was first light on Friday.

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He said little information was being given to passengers about the situation other than they were searching for the missing woman.

THE SEARCH FOR a woman who went missing after falling overboard a cruise ship off the coast of Australia has been called off.

A passenger onboard Pacific Dawn says its parent cruise ship company can not be faulted for the way it has handled the tragedy of a woman falling overboard.

"Pacific Dawn has now resumed her course for Brisbane where preparations are being made for a late arrival on completion of the current seven-night crew to the South Pacific", Mr Jones said.

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The captain of the cruise ship announced to passengers that the woman had not been found and the ship was heading back to Brisbane.

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