The search for a crew member who fell from a Cunard ship has been called off.

The incident occurred during a transatlantic voyage by the line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 which was sailing from Southampton to New York.

The decision to call off the hunt came after a long search in the Newfoundland area to attempt to find the crew member.

Once alerted to the fact a crew member had gone overboard on Saturday morning, the ship turned around and retraced its course in hopes of locating the missing person.

In a statement Cunard said: “The ship was off the coast of Newfoundland and in association with local authorities, it carried out an extensive search of the area in which he went overboard but unfortunately there were no sightings.

“Having discussed this with experts ashore there is no possibility that the crew member could have survived this long in the water and we therefore have to presume that he died in the water.”

During the search efforts passengers were asked to help and look out for anything in the water.