Cruise ship couple overboard: Hunt for missing passengers (+video)
Cruise ship couple overboard: Two passengers on a Carnival cruise ship fell overboard off the coast of Australia. Surveillance camera footage shows a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman going overboard.
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"The guests in question were traveling with family and friends, and initial reports indicate that the couple was last seen onboard the vessel last night," Taylor said in a statement.Skip to next paragraph
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"The ship immediately initiated standard missing person procedures, including a full search of the vessel, as per protocol," he said.
Police said in a statement there were alerted about two hours after the ship docked.
Carnival Cruise Lines is a subsidiary of Miami-based Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise operator.
Carnival Corp. has been plagued by a series of high-profile problems in recent years. Last year, the Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy, killing 32 people. Also last year, the Costa Allegra caught fire and lost power in the Indian Ocean, leaving passengers without working toilets, running water or air conditioning for three days. Costa is a division of Carnival Corp.
In February, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph spent five days without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine-room fire disabled the vessel. Those on board complained of squalid conditions, including overflowing toilets and food shortages.
Carnival Corp.'s representative in the South Pacific region, Ann Sherry, is chief executive of Carnival Australia, which represents 80 percent of cruise lines in the region.
She told an Australian parliamentary inquiry into cruise ship safety in February that only two passengers had disappeared overboard from cruise ships in the South Pacific since she took her job more than five years earlier.
She said both disappearances had been fully investigated by authorities and there had been no suspicious circumstances in either case.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.