Cruise ship returning to Australia after young passenger goes overboard
A young man is missing, believed dead, after going overboard from a cruise ship in between Australia and New Zealand.
The 22-year-old was reported missing on Monday night, while travelling on a 13-night cruise aboard the Golden Princess.
Crew members conducted extensive searches of the ship and made repeated public announcements while others began poring over CCTV footage.
The Golden Princess cruise ship currently returning to Melbourne from New Zealand has a missing person, presumed overboard. All cabins searched in the middle of the night and again this morning. Ship is giving up search and returning to Melbourne with permission from AU Gov
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Princess Cruises has now confirmed the man intentionally jumped overboard and say it is too late to search for him in the water.
“Given the time that has elapsed since he was last seen onboard by other guests, with the deepest regret, and in consultation with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, we have accepted the expert view that there is unfortunately no likelihood of survival.”
The Melbourne-based ship is returning from a 13-night New Zealand cruise and is scheduled to dock tomorrow.
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Full statement from Princess Cruises:
“Princess Cruises has confirmed that a 22-year-old male guest was reported missing on Golden Princess last night (Monday, January 21). The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra was notified.
A number of public address announcements were made onboard during the night and an extensive search of the ship was carried out covering guest cabins, public areas and technical spaces. In spite of the comprehensive search the guest could not be located on Golden Princess.
CCTV footage has been reviewed and it sadly reveals that the guest has intentionally gone overboard from the ship.
Given the time that has elapsed since he was last seen onboard by other guests, with the deepest regret, and in consultation with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, we have accepted the expert view that there is unfortunately no likelihood of survival. The guest’s family was notified and our Care team is providing support at this difficult time.
Guests on Golden Princess have been asked to keep the missing guest and his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers. The Melbourne-based Golden Princess is returning from a 13-night New Zealand cruise itinerary and scheduled to complete the cruise tomorrow.”