The death of a woman who fell overboard from the Pacific Dawn was not accidental but the tragic end to what should have been a memorable family holiday.
The 47-year-old Brisbane mother had been at dinner with her husband before she was lost overboard around 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia on Thursday afternoon.
As passengers disembarked at Brisbane on Sunday morning, police Inspector Rob Graham confirmed the nature of the tragedy.
“This wasn’t an accident,” he said.
“Let’s be open and honest about mental health.”
She had been aboard with her two daughters and son aged 12-to-16 as well as her husband.
“It’s a tragic end to what should’ve been a lifetime holiday experience for a loving family,” he said.
“Her husband was standing right next to her when she went over.”
Earlier reports she had been sick or fell due to a freak wave were incorrect, he said.
After the woman fell her husband immediately raised the alarm and the ship turned around as a search began.
“We’re just lucky that there’s not two people missing,” Inspector Graham said.
But by Friday morning the search was called off following advice from marine rescue experts.
— Melanie Vujkovic (@melanievujkovic) April 14, 2018