A 47-year-old woman from Brisbane fell overboard from a cruise ship near New Caledonia on Thursday. She was believed to be travelling with her husband and children.
Several passengers said the woman went outside to vomit as she was seasick during a game of bingo and she was thrown overboard when a wave hit the vessel about 4pm yesterday but the affirmation is not considered correct. Passengers had been kept well- informed of the situation. The 245m P&O Pacific Dawn cruise liner spent hours yesterday circling in rough seas while staff scoured the ocean for the woman. The unsuccessful search had been called off at about 7.30am. “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 said. He also has asked for (the) privacy of the family to be respected.
E-mails were sent to keep passengers updated
"The time frame for survivability was quite limited due to the weather conditions that included four metre swells, 30 knot winds and darkness, and because we knew the missing passenger was not wearing a life jacket," a spokeswoman said. The ship was heading back to Brisbane, being expected to arrive at Portside Wharf at Hamilton at 6am on Sunday. Queensland police say they will be investigating what happened. They also said no suspicious circumstances had been identified at that time. As the vessel is UK-flagged, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said it has launched its own investigation into the incident. The ship was on a week-long cruise.