Suspicions of accidental death were ruled out on the death of a woman who fell off the cruise ship overboard and was lost at sea.
The 47 year old woman from Brisbane was holidaying with her husband when she was reported missing onboard the cruise ship ‘Pacific Dawn’.
The officials who were investigating the disappearance of the woman have ruled out suspicions of accidental death. It was earlier reported that the woman who was having dinner with her husband was reported to have washed overboard by a freak wave.
Woman jumped from ship
However, the officials have reported that the woman’s death was not accidental but an intentional one.
Inspector Rob Graham said, “This wasn’t an accident. Let’s be open and honest about mental health. She had been aboard with her husband, two daughters and a son. It’s a tragic end to what should’ve been a lifetime holiday experience for a loving family. Her husband was standing right next to her when she went over”.
Husband raises alarm
He further added, “Earlier reports she had been sick or fell due to a freak wave were incorrect”.
After the woman fell overboard, her husband immediately raised the alarm and the ship turned around as a search began.
On 13 April, the search was called off following advice from marine rescue experts. Police are preparing a report for the coroner.
The cruise operator, Carnival Australia, said it was cooperating fully with the police investigation.
Carnival said in a statement, “We will be able to give police CCTV footage providing an unobstructed view of what happened and portraying an obviously devoted and loving couple. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and hope that they will find comfort in their grief. Counselling is available for passengers”.
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Source: The Guardian