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A COUPLE are believed to have gone overboard while on a luxury cruise sparking a major sea and air search off the NSW mid-north coast.

The search by the NSW police and Australian Search and Rescue for the man, 30, and woman 27 is focused on an area 60 nautical miles from Forster on the state’s mid-north coast 100km north of Port Macquarie.

It was prompted after security footage from on-board the Carnival Spirit shows the couple going overboard from the mid-deck of the cruise ship at 8:50pm on Wednesday.

However, it was only realised that the couple, from NSW, were missing when the ship docked in at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Sydney early on Thursday morning.

Staff on-board searched for the missing pair before contacting police at 11.30am.

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