Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing 33-Year-Old Woman Who Fell Overboard

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
May 16, 2016 11:39 am Last Updated: May 16, 2016 5:54 pm

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for missing cruise ship passenger, 33-year-old Samantha Broberg, who fell into the Gulf of Mexico on early Friday morning.

In a statement released early on Monday, May 16, the Coast Guard ended the search for Broberg, a mother of four children from Arlington, Texas, at around 8:15 p.m. local time on Sunday.

The crews searched for approximately 20 hours and more than 4,300 square miles.

When she fell, the ship had just left for a four-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, approximately 10 hours earlier.

According to ABC News, after Broberg was reported missing by her travel companions, a ship-wide search was carried out.

Officials checked the passengers, and they determined she was missing.

Camera footage was then reviewed, which showed her climbing on a deck railing before falling backwards into the Gulf at around 2 a.m. Friday, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Her family released a statement on Saturday. “We hope and pray the U.S. Coast Guard is able to bring Samantha home,” the statement said.

The ship came back to Galveston, Texas, on Monday morning, the Morning News reported.

Broberg is a stay-at-home mom of four. A Carnival Cruise spokesperson told People magazine that no foul play is suspected in her disappearance.

“This is a tremendously sad event. I do want to mention that sitting on a cruise ship railing is akin to sitting on the balcony railing of a high-rise hotel. It is risky and dangerous and against our rules,” Jennifer de la Cruz, Carnival Cruise Line’s VP of Corporate Communications, told the publication.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.