Coast Guard Suspends Search for Mother of Four Who Plummeted From Carnival Cruise

Samantha Broberg, 33, climbed up and sat on a deck railing and subsequently fell backwards, Carnival said.

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a mother of four who plummeted  from a cruise ship into the Gulf of Mexico Friday.

Search and rescue coordinators out of the Coast Guard's 8th District command center conducted 20 hours of searching after Samantha Broberg, 33, was reported missing from the Carnival Liberty approximately 200 miles southeast of Galveston.

The crews searched a total area of more than 4,300 square miles, the Coast Guard said in a release.

Officials first saw what they believe to Broberg falling from the ship in surveillance footage before it was apparent that Broberg was missing.

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"Based on the video analysis, we can confirm that it appears she climbed up and sat on a deck railing and subsequently fell backwards," Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said in a statement.

The Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew were dispatched to conduct the initial aerial search.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick told that a second plane out of Texas aided in that search, which continued throughout Friday night and into Saturday.

Saturday morning, Kendrick said a third plane was dispatched to take over the search, which covers around 30 by 50 nautical miles.

Missing persons posters featuring Broberg had also previously been placed around the ship, which can accomodate up to nearly 3,000 guests, after Broberg's companions reported her missing.

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"Unfortunately, it appears the guest may have gone overboard," Carnival said in a statement.

The Carnival statement continued:

"Authorities were notified including the U.S. Coast Guard which is initiating a search effort in the area where the ship was located when the individual was last seen.

"Carnival’s CareTeam is providing support to the guest’s traveling companions and family. We are keeping our guest and her loved ones in our thoughts during this difficult time. Carnival Liberty departed Galveston, Texas on a four-day Mexico cruise on Thursday. The ship is based in Galveston year-round."

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