Husband and kids in shock after 'seeing mum swept from P&O ship'

The Pacific Dawn cruise ship

The woman, who was said to be on holiday with her husband and children, fell overboard the Pacific Dawn on Thursday (April 12) at around 4 p.m., according to SBS News.

The ship remained in the area this morning to continue the search.

Pacific Dawn spent the night circling through rough seas searching for the woman, about 300 kilometres west of New Caledonia.

A statement from P&O Cruises Australia said the hard decision to suspend the search was made only after expert advice that survival was not considered possible after so long in rough seas.

Searches for the woman have now been called off, authorities confirm.

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

According to The Courier Mail, passengers said that the woman had gone outside to vomit as she was seasick, and was thrown overboard when a wave struck the side of the ship.

Ms An said while the circumstances were tragic and there was a sombre mood onboard, passengers had been kept well-informed of the situation.

Mr Jones said earlier that a crew member notified the bridge straight away when the woman fell and the "man overboard" incident response was activated immediately.

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

THE SEARCH FOR a woman who went missing after falling overboard a cruise ship off the coast of Australia has been called off.

The spokeswoman said the death investigation would now fall into the hands of Queensland police and English Maritime Safety authorities because the ship was registered in the UK.

The ship was on a week-long cruise from Brisbane to the South Pacific, stopping at Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila.

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.

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