Man dies on cruise ship

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 10:31 20/02/2014
Amadea
JOHN HAWKINS/Fairfax NZ

The cruise ship Amadea berths at Bluff.

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A crew member has died on a cruise ship destined for Stewart Island.

Police said a 34-year-old Filipino man died from a medical condition on the cruise ship Amadea.

Sergeant Ian Martin, of Invercargill, said the ship berthed at Bluff this morning to allow authorities to remove the body.

Police met the ship and the man's death has been referred to the coroner, Mr Martin said.

The death was not being treated as suspicious, he said.

The ship, owned by Amadea Shipping Company and operated under charter by the Germany-based Phoenix Reisen, is capable of carrying about 600 passengers and was on its way from Port Chalmers to Oban as part of a cruise from Auckland to Melbourne.

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