Woman dies after falling from cruise ship off Cape Jaffa

The body of a 23-year-old woman who fell overboard from a cruise ship has been recovered off South Australia’s Limestone Coast.


A file image of the Pacific Explorer cruise ship. Photo: AAP/Dean Lewins

A file image of the Pacific Explorer cruise ship. Photo: AAP/Dean Lewins

The Pacific Explorer left Melbourne yesterday for a four-night trip to Kangaroo Island and back.

Crew alerted SA Police just after midnight that a woman had fallen overboard while the ship was 70km off the coast of Cape Jaffa in the state’s South-East.

SA Police aircraft and a search and rescue aircraft from Melbourne checked the area, along with the ship.

The woman’s body was recovered just before 7am today.

A spokesperson from cruise ship operator Carnival Australia said the woman had been travelling with a family member.

“We continue to provide care and assistance to the family member this guest was travelling with and extend our deepest condolences to their loved ones,” the spokesperson said.

“As you can appreciate this has also deeply impacted our remaining guests and crew.  We thank all involved who supported this distressing and challenging search operation.

“Relevant authorities have been advised and we will continue to work with them and provide any assistance required.”

The ship’s visit to Kangaroo Island has been cancelled.

Victoria Police will investigate into the circumstances surrounding the death.

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