A Princess Cruise ship is heading back to Melbourne after a man was reported missing while the ship was travelling between Australia and New Zealand.
The 22-year-old man disappeared on Monday night and is presumed to have died after going overboard the Golden Princess ship.
An Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesperson told Starts at 60 the timeframe for survivability has passed and that Victoria Police were preparing a report for the coroner.
“Around 9pm AEDT yesterday the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was notified of a missing passenger on board the Golden Princess cruise ship. The ship was on a round-trip cruise from Melbourne to New Zealand and is scheduled to arrive in Melbourne tomorrow,” the spokesperson said.
“Based on information supplied to AMSA and expert medical advice the timeframe for survivability has passed. Victorian Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.”
The ship’s crew conducted an extensive search for the young man after he was reported missing, but were unable to locate him on deck or in any of the cabins.
A Princess Cruises spokesman also told news.com.au that it’s not yet known how or when the man went overboard.
“Princess Cruises has confirmed that a 22-year-old male guest was reported missing on Golden Princess last night (Monday, January 21),” the spokesman said. “The ship is currently on a 13-night cruise to New Zealand and is scheduled to complete the round-trip cruise in Melbourne tomorrow.”
“Public address announcements were made on board and a full search of the ship was conducted but the guest has not been located. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra was notified
“An extensive search was conducted of the entire ship including all guest cabins and public spaces and CCTV footage is being reviewed. We are naturally extremely concerned for the guest’s welfare.”
The Golden Princess left Melbourne on January 10 for a 13-day cruise ship around New Zealand. The ship was travelling from Auckland to Melbourne, a three-day sail, when the man was reported missing.
Starts at 60 has contacted Princess Cruises for comment.