10 May 2013

Search for missing cruise pair

6:26 am on 10 May 2013

A search is continuing off the coast of New South Wales for two people reported missing from a cruise ship when it docked in Sydney on Thursday.

Paul Rossington, 30, and Kristen Schroder, 27, went overboard about 8.50pm (AEST) on Wednesday.

AAP reports the search area is approximately 60 nautical miles east of Forster.

NSW Police Marine Area Commander Mark Hutchings earlier said it was not known whether the pair jumped off the ship or fell overboard.

He said none of the other 2680 people on the cruise ship is believed to have witnessed the incident.

The Carnival Spirit is operated by Carnival Corp. Last year, 32 people were killed when another of its ships - the Costa Concordia - ran aground off the coast of Italy.

Passengers cruising the Indian Ocean on the Costa Allegra were left without working toilets, running water or air conditioning for three days after a fire cut the ship's power.

In February this year, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph spent five days without power in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine-room fire.