Woman missing after she falls overboard from cruise
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Australian authorities have called off a search for a woman who fell from a cruise in the Coral Sea.

Woman reported missing after cruise incident

Woman reported missing after cruise incident
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The passenger fell from the cruise, Pacific Dawn, at about 16:00 local time on Thursday. The cruise was situated at about 300km (186 miles) west of New Caledonia at the time.

According to the BBC, the operator P&O Cruises explained that the ship was bound for Brisbane and it immediately turned around to look for the woman.

However, Australian maritime authorities decided to end the search at about 7:30 on Friday.

As reported by the BBC, a P&O Cruises spokesman said.

"The difficult decision to suspend the search was made only after expert advice that survival after this length of time in difficult sea conditions and after a full night at sea was not considered possible."

"Pacific Dawn had searched throughout the night and into the morning after first light without success."

As stated in the Courier Mail Newspaper the woman had appeared to be seasick before she fell from the vessel amid through rough seas.

However, P&O Cruises have said that they could not confirm any details.

Authorities in Australia and New Caledonia said they had issued a call for other vessels to assist in the search but the ship was in remote waters.

The rescue effort was troubled by challenging conditions, including swells up to 4m (13ft) and rough winds.

The Ship left Australia last Saturday on a week-long cruise originally with Vanuatu and New Caledonia as destinations.

It has now resumed its course for Brisbane.