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Man who went overboard had $4000 casino debt – Cruise Passenger

The family has raised questions after a father of three went overboard from a cruise ship after losing $9,000 over two nights on the P&O Pacific Adventure.

Shane Dixon, 50, first lost $5,000, then borrowed money off his mother and lost another $4,000.

Dixon’s family maintained he was lured by high-roller incentives into losing the money.

Dixon died after falling overboard while sailing on the Pacific Adventure just after 4 am on May 6 as the vessel approached Sydney Harbour.

What happened in the casino

He was travelling on a three-day Elvis-themed cruise to Moreton Island with his mother Sue Dixon, 66, who had saved up to book the holiday.

“Our mother is devastated. Broken,” Shane’s brother Scott Dixon told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.

His family said ahead of the holiday, Scott and his brother were going through a tough time and struggled financially. They were dealing with the impacts of a series of tragedies including the breakdown of Scott’s marriage and the deaths of their brother and father.

“She has already buried one son and now she has to bury another one,” Dixon’s brother told the news site.

“Mum said they were having fun, everything was good. But the casino – they use all of these incentives to tell people, ‘Come back, come back’.”

Shane went to the cruise’s casino on Friday and spent $5000. He borrowed the money from his mother to repay the debt but returned to the casino the following night and then amassed another $4000 bill.

“His brain was probably going 100 miles an hour. He probably thought, ‘S***, I’ve done it again. I can’t afford it and I can’t ask mum for more money,” Scott said.

P&O Cruises Australia Response 

“It would be inappropriate to comment on the tragic death of a guest while a Coroner’s investigation is carried out,” the line said.

“We have Responsible Conduct of Gaming Policies in place on all P&O ships and take those policies seriously.

“We are cooperating fully with the Coroner’s investigation.”

National Gambling Helpline: 1800 858 858 or gamblinghelponline.org.au

Lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au