Princess Cruises liner Golden Princess is sailing back to Melbourne after the death of a 22-year-old male passenger overnight. The traveller was reported missing on the liner about 9 pm on Monday, January 21, an Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesperson announced. Man's death is not treated as being suspicious.
Security video has been reviewed and found the passenger intentionally went overboard, according to a separate statement from Princess Cruises.
The cruise line revealed that given the time that had elapsed since he had last been seen onboard by other passengers, and in consultation with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, they had accepted the expert view that there was, unfortunately, no likelihood of survival.
An extensive search of the entire vessel, including public spaces and guest cabins, was conducted earlier.
Golden Princess was sailing on a 13-night voyage to New Zealand and is scheduled to dock in Melbourne Wednesday morning, January 23.
For other Golden Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.