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Cruise Line Passenger Goes Overboard During Concert Festival

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | November 13, 2015

Cruise Line Passenger Goes Overboard During Concert Festival

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The United States Coast Guard is searching for a woman who “intentionally” went overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Line ship, the Norwegian Pearl, Thursday night.

According to, the Norwegian Pearl was being chartered for the "Mad Decent Boat Party" four-day electronic music festival when a woman went overboard around 22 miles off the coast of Cuba, at around 7 p.m. local time.

Norwegian released a statement about the incident:

“On Thursday, November 12 during a 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.”

The Norwegian Pearl left Miami on Wednesday afternoon where it first sailed to Cozumel, Mexico, before being scheduled to return to the United States on Sunday. Both passengers and artists performing at the event talked about the situation on Twitter:

An anonymous source also provided some insight on the incident, via

"I was dancing at the front of the boat, and a girl started yelling that she could see a body in the water, face down. To be honest, everyone thought the girl was tripping at first, but two guys ran over to her and started screaming that they could see the body too."

"Everyone started running over to see, and I said to my friends that I couldn't really handle it, and I wanted to go back to our room. So we did, and while we were walking through a corridor, we saw a bunch of people standing around, and in the middle there was a guy slumped on the ground, howling with tears. We spoke to a girl there who said that she didn't see the girl go over the edge, but she saw the girl falling, and her palms were straight down... like she dived. The guy crying was her husband, and apparently they'd gotten married on this boat last year."


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