Natasha Colreavy Schofield, 47, from Brisbane, Australia went overboard on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 1600 hours AEST, aboard P&O Cruises’ cruise ship Pacific Dawn.
Schofield was on the cruise with her husband and three children — two girls and a boy, aged between 12 and 16. The family was on a week-long cruise of Pacific islands when she dropped 40 meters from the top deck of Pacific Dawn.
The couple had been married for seventeen years.
Queensland Police Inspector Rob Graham today said the overboard incident was an intentional act, describing it as a “tragic act on what should’ve been a holiday of a lifetime”.
CCTV showed Schofield and her husband walking along the cruise deck after going for dinner before the intentional act took place, Inspector Graham said.
The ship searched for the woman, about 150 nautical miles off New Caledonia about 4:00 pm on Thursday to about 7.30am on Friday before the search was called off and the ship started its two-day return to Brisbane.
A P&O spokesman earlier said expert advice was that “survival after this length of time in difficult sea conditions and after a full night at sea was not considered possible”.
This case was featured on the Cruise Bruise Blog