A young woman’s body has been found in waters off South Australia after she fell from a cruise ship.
The alarm was raised at around 11.30pm on Tuesday on the Pacific Explorer, which left Melbourne on Tuesday en route to Kangaroo Island.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority Joint Rescue Coordination Centre have confirmed the body of a young woman was found in waters 45km off Cape Jaffa at about 7am after a search was conducted overnight.
A Melbourne based Challenger and two rescue helicopters were deployed to conduct the search alongside Pacific Explorer throughout the night.
The body of a woman was found by the helicopter and was taken to Mt Gambier hospital for identification.
AMSA has expressed their condolences to her family.
Carnival Australia said the situation was “incredibly distressing” for all involved.
“The person concerned is a young adult woman who is travelling with a family member,” the company said in a statement.
“They are being cared for by our on-board team while every effort is being made to find this guest.
The ship is currently 70 kilometres off the coast of Cape Jaffa, near Robe, and is expected to remain in the area throughout the morning.
More to come.
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