The much anticipated dance music cruise was cancelled midway when a woman allegedly jumped overboard.
Authorities have said that it’s likely the woman jumped overboard according to eyewitnesses, and rescue operations were deployed almost immediately. The US Coast Guard took over the search, but despite circling back to the place where she allegedly took the jump, she hasn’t been found. The search was officially called off at 11 pm on Saturday, by which time the crew had covered an area of 1,378 square nautical miles.
One of the guests at the party tweeted a picture right after the search began.
Lifeboats just went out, but holy shit it’s dark pic.twitter.com/JhU9UmSmL8
— Ze Sus ✏️ (@zethussuen) November 12, 2015
The Mad Decent Boat Party was cancelled soon after, and the ship returned to Miami port. Federal agents have taken the matter into their own hands, and begun their own investigation. Despite this, over 72 hours after the tragedy, she has not been found. The festival has released an official statement in light of the unexpected tragedy:
Thursday, November 12 during the chartered cruise on Norwegian Pearl, a female guest was observed intentionally going overboard while the ship was sailing the Yucatan Channel. The ship’s crew immediately initiated rescue measures, including deploying three rescue boats and notifying the Coast Guard and other relevant authorities. The search for the guest is ongoing. Both the ship and charter company teams are providing support to the family and all impacted guests during this difficult time.