P&O can't be faulted: ship passenger

In line with this response Pacific Dawn turned around to follow the course it was on at the time of the incident. (FILE

In line with this response Pacific Dawn turned around to follow the course it was on at the time of the incident. (FILE

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

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

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

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".

"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 Australian Maritime Safety Authority says the search was called off because the "time frame for survivability was quite limited due to the weather conditions that included four-meter (13-foot) swells, 30-knot winds and darkness, and because we knew the missing passenger was not wearing a life jacket", the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

In line with normal procedure, the Pacific Dawn incident has been referred to Queensland Police and to the Coroner for appropriate inquiries.

Both AMSA and P&O said their thoughts and prayers were with the woman's family, which had been notified.

The woman, who was from Brisbane, is believed to have been travelling on the week-long cruise with her husband and children.

The ship's owner P&O told the news site that a crew member witnessed the woman fall over the side of the ship about 4pm AEST, 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia. It had left Brisbane last Saturday on a seven-night "Pacific Island Hopper" cruise.

"Guests now onboard Pacific Dawn have been advised of a likely late arrival and guests due to embark on the ship's next cruise will be updated on boarding arrangements".

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