(USA TODAY) -- A massive search is underway for a young couple missing from a Carnival cruise ship.
Schroder, 27, and Paul Rossington, 30, were last seen on the Carnival
Spirit on Wednesday as it was sailing off the coast of Australia, and
security video appears to show them going overboard around 8:50 pm,
according to a statement from the local New South Wales Police Force.
An Australian news outlet, The Australian, quotes a local police official
as saying it's too early to say whether the couple fell or jumped off
the vessel, but police aren't ruling out the possibility that they
jumped in an attempt to take their own lives in a suicide pact.
a statement sent to USA TODAY, Carnival is vague about what its
security camera footage shows but ruled out anything criminal.
is indication from the shipboard video of what transpired," the
statement says. "There is no evidence of foul play. However, out of
respect for the families, we are not going to publicly disclose the
details of what occurred at this time."
says the couple was discovered missing early today after the ship
docked in Sydney, Australia at the end of a 10-night sailing. A search
of the vessel was begun immediately, the line says.
naturally been concerned since we became aware that two passengers were
missing from Carnival Spirit, and our thoughts are clearly with their
families at this difficult time," the Carnival statement says. "We are
working closely with New South Wales Police and assisting them in their
Carnival says the couple was traveling with family and friends.
statement from the New South Wales Police Force says an air and marine
search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Australia to
find the couple. The search is focusing on an area of the sea about 60
nautical miles east of Forster, Australia.
Carnival Spirit is based in Australia year-round. One of 24 ships at the
line, it sails eight- to 12-night voyages to the South Pacific out of
Sydney and Melbourne, Australia that are primarily aimed at Australians.