Passenger overboard on cruise ship off Australia

The tragedy come days after a Brisbane man fell from a cruise ship travelling to Hawaii.

A passenger on board a Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship has died after falling overboard on Sunday evening.

The ship was only one hour into its journey from Melbourne's Geelong to Devonport in Tasmania when the crew were alerted about the missing passenger and were forced to turn back.

It's understood the ship returned to Geelong while a search was carried out, with passengers made to stay on board while a full headcount was conducted.

Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship in water near Geelong.
A man has died after falling off the Spirit of Tasmania cruise ship on Sunday night. Source: 7News

The man's body was recovered from the water off Geelong around 8.50pm after police, including Police Air Wing and Water Police, conducted a search of the water.

Victoria Police confirmed the man's death with Yahoo News Australia on Monday morning.

"Police will prepare a report for the Coroner after a man’s body was recovered from waters off Geelong about 8.50pm on Sunday 30 April, " a spokesperson said in a statement." The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

Group of police in front of cruise ship during search for man's body.
Police found the man's body in the water after falling overboard. Source: 7News

Second cruise tragedy in one week

It comes just days after a Brisbane man fell from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Quantum of the Seas while holidaying in the south of Hawaii. The ship departed Brisbane on April 12 for a two-week cruise to the Hawaiian Islands before tragedy struck.

A desperate search ensued for the man later identified as 35-year-old Warwick Tollemache. However it was unsuccessful with rescuers forced to end the search after discussions with his next of kin.

In a heartfelt statement, a family member said the "gentle soul" would be deeply missed."Our family is heartbroken at the loss of our beloved Warwick," Mandy Tollemache wrote on Facebook on Friday.

The circumstances which led to Mr Tollemache falling overboard are still unclear.

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