Mys­tery sur­rounds woman’s cruise ship plunge

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A BRIS­BANE woman was play­ing ta­ble ten­nis just min­utes be­fore she plunged to her death from the top deck of a P&O cruise ship, an eye­wit­ness has claimed.

The 47-year-old pas­sen­ger walked to a deck about 5m from the ping-pong ta­ble and be­gan to vomit while lean­ing over a rail­ing of the Pa­cific Dawn.

In an in­stant, a fam­ily hol­i­day turned to tragedy as she fell from the liner, watched by her dis­traught hus­band who col­lapsed in shock, ac­cord­ing to the wit­ness. “Lean­ing over, not far over, then she fell. When she went over he col­lapsed,” the guest on board said.

The ship cir­cled for hours in a fran­tic search for the woman af­ter the in­ci­dent about 150 nau­ti­cal miles off New Cale­do­nia about 4pm on Thurs­day. The ves­sel stayed to search again af­ter sun­rise yes­ter­day, be­fore giv­ing up about 7.30am.

The ship is ex­pected to dock in Bris­bane at 6am to­mor­row.

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