Death of Brisbane woman during Pacific Dawn cruise not suspicious

Death of Brisbane woman during Pacific Dawn cruise not suspicious”

The mother of three children, aged between 12 and 16, is presumed dead though her body has not been recovered. The Brisbane woman fell overboard near New Caledonia as the ship was returning to Queensland.

About 8am on Friday, as huge swell surrounded the boat, the search was called off on the advice of marine experts.

"Her husband was standing right next to her when she went over".

"What can only be described as a very tragic set of circumstances on which should have been a weeklong holiday of a lifetime for a lot of people."

"Her husband tried in vain to grab her as she went over, grabbing on to her legs but she was too far gone, and subsequently she fell".

The Brisbane woman who fell overboard from the Pacific Dawn and disappeared in a tragedy at sea has been identified as Natasha Schofield, 47, but police say it "wasn't an accident".

I can say that the missing person did make intentional actions to propel herself overboard.

A terrifying photo appears to show Ms Schofield moments before she is swallowed up by the ocean.

The heartbreaking incident unfolded 300km west of New Caledonia on Thursday, leaving distraught passengers with a grueling two day trip back to Brisbane.

The Pacific Dawn cruise stopped just before dusk on Thursday, as a desperate search began in the area where the woman had fallen.

Inspector Graham said P&O had assisted police with their investigations and praised the efforts of crew in response to the incident.

One traveller said passengers had been updated with developments from the outset.

"We will be able to give police CCTV footage providing an unobstructed view of what happened and portraying an obviously devoted and loving couple", Carnival said in a statement.

A 24-year-old yet to named man jumped overboard Anthem of the Seas on Friday afternoon as the Royal Caribbean cruise ship was heading back to its homeport in New Jersey.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and hope that they will find comfort in their grief".

A P&O spokesman earlier said expert advice was that "survival after this length of time in hard sea conditions and after a full night at sea was not considered possible".

"At the conclusion of this a report will be compiled and provided to the coroner's office".

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

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