On Thursday, April 12, 2108, at 1600 hours AEST, P&O Cruises cruise ship Pacific Dawn was searching (see video below) for a female Australian passenger who was reported by a crew member to have gone overboard 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia.
Pacific Dawn turned around to follow the course it was on at the time of the incident.
The Australian Maritime Safety Bureau (AMSA) and New Caledonia authorities have issued a call for nearby vessels to assist in the search. An AMSA spokeswoman said there are no other rescue boats tasked in the search with the cruise ship alone left to trawl the area.
“It would take days for anyone to reach the area it’s so remote,” the spokeswoman said.
This is untrue, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) ship Explorer of the Seas was in port at Noumea, New Caledonia at the exact time of the incident, from 0800 hours to 1700 hours on Thursday and RCCL Voyager of the Seas will be in port Friday.
Passenger Jon Trevithick, posted a picture on Twitter at 5.30pm, of a lone rescue ring in the sea. “Horrendous here on ship” he wrote. “Ship going round and round searching”.
UPDATE:The passenger has been identified as Natasha Colreavy Schofield.
- Pacific Dawn Cruise Ship Tracker
- Cruise Ship Weather – Vanuatu and New Caledonia
- Noumea, New Caledonia Cruise Port Schedule
- Australia Cruise Ship Tracker
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Video:Desperate search for woman who fell overboard from cruise ship