Cruise ship fall just a tragic accident, say family

Kristen Schroder and her boyfriend Paul Rossington. Photo / ABC
Kristen Schroder and her boyfriend Paul Rossington. Photo / ABC

THE family of a young woman presumed dead after falling from a cruise ship last week say she was not drinking beforehand and do not believe it was anything more than a tragic accident.

Kristen Schroder and her boyfriend Paul Rossington are presumed drowned after going over the railing of the Carnival Spirit off the New South Wales coast last Wednesday.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Ms Schroder's family were angry about rumours the fall was anything other than a tragic accident.

"It has been upsetting to read the media reporting that Kristen jumped off the Carnival Spirit cruise ship willingly. I want to make one thing absolutely clear ... neither of them had been drinking and I do not for one minute believe Kristen would take her own life," said Sascha Peruoco, Ms Schroder's brother-in-law.

"She was up on that railing (for reasons only her and Paul will know) when she lost her grip and slipped backwards. I believe Paul jumped in to save her without having a chance to think clearly and call for help."

- AAP reported the couple had been recorded on CCTV footage arguing in the hours before the incident but that they had appeared to reconcile.

Topics:  cruise tragedy

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