AMSA informed that the body of a woman who fell overboard the cruise ship Pacific Explorer in the Great Australian Bight has been recovered, ending an overnight search.
he victim was on a cruise from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island, on December 13, when under unknown circumstances she went over the side.
After the incident, AMSA deployed a search aircraft to search a 55 square nautical mile area centered about 25 nm off the cape. The Pacific Explorer remained on scene to help with the search.
The search lasted all night, when a helicopter from New South Wales Police’s Aviation Command (PolAir) found the body and recovered it from the water for transport to shore.
We continue to provide care and assistance to the family member this guest was travelling with and extend our deepest condolences to their loved ones. Relevant authorities have been advised and we will continue to work with them and provide any assistance required
the cruise operator said.
The cruise was canceled after the casualty, and Pacific Explorer has returned to Port Melbourne.