Coast Guard call off search for mom, 25, who fell overboard on Carnival Cruise from Long Beach to Mexico & FBI take over

THE FBI is taking over the search of the mother who fell overboard a Carnival cruise ship en route from Long Beach to Mexico after the US Coast Guard called off their own search.

The identity of the woman, who is presumed dead, has not been released but the FBI has sent an evidence response team to the ship when it returned to Long Beach.

The 25-year-old mother was reportedly traveling with her boyfriend and another family member when she fell off from the fifth-floor balcony of her stateroom.

The woman landed in waters 35 miles off the coast of Ensenada, Mexico.

“I can’t believe something happened to her. Sweet young lady, you know. A sweet soul and she’s gone,” said Patricia Taylor, who claims that she meant the woman during the trip.

“And this lady is 25-years-old with a baby. A one-year-old child. That baby [will] ever see his mom.”

An onboard paramedic said there were “high suspicions of foul play” and another passenger said there was damage done to the outdoor deck.

“We responded due to the circumstances since we have jurisdiction on the high seas,” said a spokesperson for the FBI. “Whether accidental, foul play or otherwise, we look for evidence to determine what actually occurred.”

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The Mexican Navy and Coast Guard helped in the search on Saturday morning and overnight. However, the Southern California USCG announced that crews would stand down after over 30 hours of search.

The woman was announced missing from the Carnival Miracle cruise ship around 3:30am on Saturday by the crew.

The ship left Long Beach on Thursday, December 9 setting sail for Ensenada. It was supposed to return Saturday, December 11 as part of a three-day trip.

Crews searched the waters and told passengers someone had fallen overboard as soon as they became aware of the situation.

Around 1,100 people were aboard the vessel, which was searched by the crew on Saturday.

“About 3am, we were awakened by a general announcement across the ship with a warning going, ‘Man overboard! Man overboard! Man overboard!’” said passenger Daniel Miranda. 

Miranda added that the crew was very “tight-lipped” about the incident and had cordoned off different parts of the ship during the search.

“Someone has lost their life, whether it was done by accident or by foul play I don’t know—there’s some high suspicion of foul play,” he said.


Carnival Cruise Line issued a statement about the incident on Saturday.

“We advised Carnival Miracle guests this morning of an overboard incident involving one of our guests from the balcony of her stateroom,”

“Our thoughts are with the guest and her family, and our care team is providing support.” read the statement.

Nearly 60 passengers and 14 crew members have died after falling overboard between 2001 and 2019, according to the International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health.

Cruise ships are required to have advanced overboard systems using infrared cameras to know when someone or something falls off the ship, but the 2010 law isn’t really enforced. 

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