Weekend Herald

Cruise death ruled suicide


A cruise-ship passenger who went missing in the sea off Hawke’s Bay deliberate­ly climbed overboard, a coroner has ruled. Neil Peter Vaughan, from Victoria, Australia, fell from the Norwegian Jewel about six nautical miles south of Mahia Peninsula on December 29, 2019. The 62-year-old’s fall was recorded on the ship’s CCTV footage. Coroner Bruce Hesketh ruled the cause of this death was suicide, from drowning. Vaughan’s body was never found.

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