Andrew Gready, 24 – Overboard Unknown, Pacific Sky Passenger, January 8, 2005, Time of Death 2:10
At 0210 hours in the morning, Andrew Gready, 24, from Australia, had been celebrating the last night of a 10-night cruise with his father, mother Jeanett, and younger siblings Christopher and Rebecca on the P & O Pacific Sky when he went overboard. He was not rescued after being spotted treading water 30 meters from the ship.
Fellow passengers threw lifebuoys and pool furniture into the water in the hope that Andrew could grab hold of them to stay afloat, while the ship’s crew used flares and strobe lights to mark the spot where he was last seen.
Andrew’s father, Trevor, of Stawell, has vowed never to give up fighting for an inquest to be held into his 24-year-old son’s death. Mr Gready claimed he saw the police report the day after his son went overboard that indicated Andrew had still been in the water calling out for help at 0247 hours, 16 minutes after P&O launched a lifeboat to rescue him.
The Gready family, who hired a helicopter to try to find Andrew after he had disappeared, hopes that if they can obtain this crucial information the Victorian coroner will finally agree to hold an inquest into Andrew’s death.
They claim one of the lifeboats being lowered to try to rescue Andrew jammed.
Search crews scoured the coast for most of the week until police called off the search after six days.