Woman Rescued after Falling Overboard from Sun Princess Cruise Ship

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  • A woman fell overboard from the Sun Princess cruise ship while taking a Pacific cruise yesterday.
  • The woman was rescued about 45 minutes after falling into the water.
  • The woman is one of the relatively few people who are ever rescued after falling overboard from a cruise ship.


A woman reportedly fell overboard from a cruise ship during a Pacific cruise yesterday, but was rescued less than an hour later.

The woman, who has not been identified, is one of the relatively few individuals who have fallen overboard from cruise ships and lived to tell the tale. According to Stuff.co.nz, the woman fell overboard at about 4:00 p.m. on Friday, triggering the crew of the Sun Princess cruise ship to sound the “man overboard” alarm.

Following standard procedure in such situations, the ship was turned around in order to conduct a search. Crew members threw two life rings into the water where the woman was last believed to have been seen.

A witness to the incident, singer Will Martin who works aboard the ship, said "By the time the ship made it back to the vicinity, all onlookers could see that both life rings were in fact empty  -  she hadn't made it to either one  -  no one could see her," according to the story. The ship also dispatched a zodiac vessel to search for the woman.

After about 45 minutes in the water, the woman was located by the Zodiac vessel and rescued.