On Saturday the 7th of April, Natasha Schofield boarded the P&O Pacific Dawn cruise liner with her husband and three children.
They left from Brisbane, looking forward to a seven-day round trip to Vanuatu, along with 1500 or so other passengers.
But by the time the ship would dock, early on Sunday morning, Natasha Schofield would be gone.
On Thursday, five days into their trip, it is believed Natasha and her husband ate a meal together.
At approximately 4pm, they retreated to the upper deck, and security cameras are said to capture a “loving, happy couple”, speaking by the railing. It is understood that their three children, two girls and one boy, were not in the vicinity.
Moments later, Natasha took two steps backwards and “propelled herself overboard,” plunging 40 metres into the ocean, four times the height of a professional diving board.
As she fell, Mr Schofield desperately tried to grasp at her legs, but it was no use.
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At first, reports surfaced of a woman throwing up over the railing as a result of seasickness, and then being thrown overboard when a sizeable wave hit the ship.
But this account would prove to be incorrect.
After Natasha went overboard, 150 nautical miles west of New Caledonia, Mr Schofield immediately alerted security, who turned the ship around.
The 250 metre-long vessel circled particularly rough seas for hours searching for the Brisbane woman.
By 7:45am on Friday, the search had been officially called off, and the ship headed back for Queensland.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I need to let you know that we have been unable to locate our guest,” the captain announced.