AN air and marine search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Forster for two people missing from a cruise ship.
About 11.30am (Thursday 9 May 2013), staff from a cruise ship contacted police after they discovered two passengers – a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman – missing after the ship had docked at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal.
Police attended and conducted a thorough search of the ship, however the pair was not located.
Officers attached to Marine Area Command reviewed CCTV footage and determined the pair had gone overboard about 8.50pm on Wednesday (8 May 2013).
Police and Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) have determined a search area approximately 60Nm east of Forster and have deployed aircraft and marine vessels.
Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the pair and, in these early stages, are focused on the search efforts.
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