Husband in shock: Freak wave sweeps wife off cruise ship

Husband in shock: Freak wave sweeps wife off cruise ship

Husband in shock: Freak wave sweeps wife off cruise ship

The search for a woman who fell from P&O's Pacific Dawn around 4 p.m. Thursday when the ship was 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia was called off Friday morning and the ship is proceeding to Brisbane.

In a statement, P&O said it had searched throughout the night and into the morning without success.

'I know I speak on behalf of all of you when I say our thoughts and prayers are with the family'.

"Pacific Dawn turned around and retraced the course it was on at the time of the incident".

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The spokeswoman said Queensland Police would be assisting overseas authorities with the investigation.

"We are still continuing our search at this time", she said. 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 captain of the cruise ship announced to passengers that the woman had not been found and the ship was heading back to Brisbane. Life rings were immediately thrown into the water, but there was no sign of her, The Courier-Mail reported.

The ship turned around immediately to search for the woman but Australian maritime authorities made a decision to end the search at around 07:30 Friday.

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He said little information was being given to passengers about the situation other than they were searching for the missing woman.

A passenger, who requested not to be named, described the atmosphere on the ship as "very sad, solemn and quiet". High winds and rough seas made the search hard.

"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.

A 47-year-old woman is missing and presumed lost in a remote part of the South Pacific after an unexplained fall from a cruise ship.

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