Body found in water off Sydney Heads after P&O cruise ship passenger goes overboard

Max Corstorphan and David Johns
The Nightly
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An urgent search and rescue is underway after a passenger was reported overboard.
An urgent search and rescue is underway after a passenger was reported overboard. Credit: Facebook

Police have called off the search for a missing cruise ship passenger near Sydney after a body was found in the water.

The alarm was raised at 4am on Monday when the missing person went overboard on a P&O cruise ship about 10 nautical miles of Sydney Heads.

Despite a desperate search for the missing passenger, a NSW Police spokesperson said officers would now prepare a report for the coroner after the body was found.

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Police from the marine area command found the body at 10.30am.

“Police will launch an investigation into the circumstances of the incident,” the spokesperson said.

P&O’s Pacific Adventure was due to berth in Sydney Harbour at 6am but delayed its arrival after reports a passenger had gone overboard.

A spokesperson representing P&O Cruises Australia said earlier that the ship was: “engaged in a search and rescue operation off Sydney following an alert for a person overboard at 4am.”

The vessel, accommodating more than 2600 guests, has been joined by the Carnival Splendor cruise ship, which was also set to arrive in Sydney Harbour this morning, in the ongoing search efforts.

The Pacific Adventure was returning from a three-day cruise to Queensland’s Morton Island, themed as “A Tribute to The King,” in homage to Elvis Presley.

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