A search operation is underway after a passenger went overboard from a luxury cruise liner off the east coast of New Zealand.
The Norwegian Jewel ship captain made a “man overboard announcement” around 7pm on Sunday (local time) while the liner was sailing from Napier to Tauranga.
A number of Australian holidaymakers are on board the cruise.
The ship, which was carrying over 2000 passengers, then slowed down and performed zigzag search movements as helicopters fitted with infrared cameras from the mainland and two merchant ships joined the frantic search effort.
The ship departed Sydney eight days ago and is on a 12-day voyage around New Zealand’s north and south islands.
The next port the liner is scheduled to stop at is Tauranga, the same port where numerous passengers left for the ill-fated White Island volcano excursion from another cruise liner three weeks ago.
The Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed in a statement a man had gone overboard and said ‘thoughts and prayers are with the individual’s family during this difficult time’.
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