P&O Cruises Australia has issued the following statement in relation to the incident involving a female passenger who went overboard during a south pacific cruise aboard Pacific Dawn on Friday 13 April, 2018.
Pacific Dawn returned to Brisbane this morning [Monday 16 April 2018] and, prior to arrival at the Portside Cruise Terminal, the Captain thanked disembarking guests for their sensitivity and support for the family who suffered such a devastating loss during the cruise.
The family has been supported on board by senior crew members since the incident and Care-trained staff met the ship on arrival this morning. We have done everything possible to respect and protect the privacy of the family. Counselling by a professional Counsellor who was also on hand today has been offered to guests and crew wanting access to this support.
P&O Cruises is assisting Queensland Police in their inquiries into the incident as the lead authority acting on behalf of the State Coroner. As anticipated, police went on board Pacific Dawn on arrival this morning to begin their inquiries. Allowing the police to determine what happened in this tragic incident is the appropriate course. We remain concerned that much of the speculation and versions of events given in recent days are not supported by the facts.
The police inquiries on behalf of the Coroner will help put the speculation to rest. With Pacific Dawn’s arrival, 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.