A search is currently underway for an overboard woman from the Pacific Dawn cruise ship which is operated by P&O Australia. At around 4 PM local time a crew member apparently raised the alarm and now everyone is hoping that she can be found.
Pacific Dawn Overboard Passenger
According to multiple reports when the Pacific Dawn was around 150 miles out at sea from West New Caledonia a crew member saw a yet to be named woman fall overboard. The crew member immediately notified the bridge and the ships overboard procedures were activated.
The Australian Maritime Safety Bureau was contacted and a search is underway. The P&O vessel also began search operations and retraced its route. At the time there were high ocean swells. A life ring can be seen in a tweet below which was thrown from the ship.
Horrendous here on ship. Man over board an hour ago. Ship going round and round searching. pic.twitter.com/jpC0NGRomU
— Jonathan Trevithick (@JonTrevithick) April 12, 2018
The area authorities are searching are apparently 1,000 KM any several assets are in the region searching including local boats and ships.
Pacific Dawn is on a 7-night Pacific cruise which departed Brisbane, Australia on April 7. The ships last port of call was in Vila, Vanuatu and on April 14 is set to arrive back at its homeport. The ship is 70,200 gross tons and can carry over 1,500 guests at double occupancy.
Also Read: What Happens During a Cruise Ship Overboard?
It’s never good posting about an overboard incident and we can’t imagine what the woman’s family are through right now. our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.