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Husband in shock: Freak wave sweeps wife off cruise ship

15 April 2018, 07:16 | Devin Moran

Husband and kids in shock after 'seeing mum swept from P&O ship'

A crew member saw the woman fall off the Pacific Dawn at about 4pm when it was 300km west of Pacific island New Caledonia

The ship remained in the area this morning to continue the search.

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

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority and New Caledonian authorities issued a call for nearby vessels to assist in the search.

THE SEARCH FOR a woman who went missing after falling overboard a cruise ship off the coast of Australia has been called off.

'Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest's family at this distressing time, ' the statement said.

Queensland police said they would meet the Pacific Dawn when it docked in Brisbane on Sunday, to investigate the incident. No suspicious circumstances were identified at the time. After hours of searching in rough seas and high winds, the captain told passengers that "with a heavy heart", they had "made the extremely hard decision to continue our journey towards Brisbane", reports the Courier Mail.

The passenger said suggestions the woman was knocked overboard by a wave were incorrect although she was unsure how the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon near New Caledonia.

An AMSA spokeswoman told AAP on Friday morning there was no further update yet on the search.

A passenger, who requested not to be named, described the atmosphere on the ship as "very sad, solemn and quiet". The missing passenger was reportedly travelling with her kids, but it is unknown if they were on the deck.

The had ship departed from Brisbane on Saturday.

"She leaned over and the ship rocked in heavy seas - her husband tried to catch her but she slipped", one passenger shared on social media.

Intital investigations indicated that the woman went overboard 150 nautical miles - nearly 300 kilometres - from New Caledonia, the Queensland Police said in a statement.

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