31 Jul 2008

Maritime NZ monitoring battered cruise ship

8:04 pm on 31 July 2008

Maritime authorities are keeping watch on a cruise ship caught up in the storm in waters off New Zealand.

The Pacific Sun, operated by P&O Cruises, rolled sharply after being hit by 7-metre swells and 50 knot winds on Wednesday night.

Forty-two passengers needed to be seen by medical staff on the ship.

The Pacific Sun is returning from an eight-day South Pacific cruise and is carrying 1732 passengers and 671 crew.

The storm has delayed it from docking for 24 hours and the ship is now expected to arrive in port in Auckland on Friday.

Maritime New Zealand and the Rescue Coordination Centre are monitoring the liner's status, but say it has not reported that it is in distress.

P&O is assuring friends and families of the passengers that they are being looked after.