Grim find after ship disappearance

The body of a man who was a passenger on a cruise ship has been found. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Brendan Beckett

Police will prepare a report for the coroner after the body of a man who was a passenger on the Spirit of Tasmania was found in waters off Geelong.

Victoria Police said the death of the man, who they said was a 46-year-old from the Melbourne suburb of Cheltenham, was not being treated as suspicious.

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The body of a man has been discovered off Geelong. The man had been a passenger on the Spirit of Tasmania ship. Picture: Supplied: Facebook / Spirit of Tasmania

It’s understood the ship had left the port of Geelong and was en route to Tasmania when an alarm was raised, forcing the ship to return to Geelong.

The man’s body was found at about 8.50pm, police said.

The incident occurred less than a week after the US Coast Guard suspended its search for Australian man Warwick Tollemache, who went missing from the Quantum of the Seas, which was travelling from Brisbane to Hawaii.