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Melb-bound cruiser dies after jumping from ship

Passenger was returning from two-week NZ cruise

A cruise passenger has perished after jumping overboard during a round-trip cruise from Melbourne to New Zealand. 


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The male guest, 22, was reported missing on Monday night less than two days before the ship, Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess, was due back in Melbourne on Wednesday morning. 


“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,” the cruise line said in an email to Traveltalk.


Princess confirmed that CCTV footage of the incident “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 statement read. 


“The guest’s family was notified and our Care team is providing support at this difficult time.” 


Melbourne-based Golden Princess is returning from a 13-night NZ cruise tomorrow (Wednesday).


Unfortunately, falling overboard from a cruise ship isn’t uncommon. Last year, a cruiser was rescued after treading water for 10 hours following a fall from the Norwegian Star liner, while a cruise ship worker onboard the Norwegian Getaway was found alive after 22 hours lost at sea.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 22 January 2019

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