On Saturday morning, the U.S. Coast guard resumed a frantic search by air for a Texas mother of four who is missing after mysteriously plunging off a Carnival cruise ship. The woman is said to have fallen overboard somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico; reports state that the fall was actually captured on surveillance footage.
33-year-old Samantha Broberg fell from the Carnival Liberty cruise ocean liner into the Gulf of Mexico when they were about 195 miles from the coast of Galveston, Texas. The woman’s travel companions — she had gone with a group — had apparently reported her missing as of Friday morning, after they left port on Thursday for a four-day Mexico vacation. Broberg is a stay-at-home mother of four children and lives in Arlington, Texas.
Sad. Carnival Cruises can't come up with a system to prevent this from happening or to alert them immediately… https://t.co/LMpAbjV2g6
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After the Texas mother was reported missing by the group she was traveling with, Carnival Liberty Cruise officials launched a search of the entire ship, making a confirmation check to account for all passengers and realizing that the Texas woman was not onboard the ship. The Houston Chronicle reported that after reviewing the surveillance video, the officials onboard the cruise stated, “it appears the guest may have gone overboard.” The security video revealed that a woman, whom the authorities have said they believe to be Brodberg, fell overboard the ship at about 2 a.m. Friday.
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Coast Guard Petty Officer Andy Kendrick spoke of the difficulties involved in the search due to how far off the coast the missing woman fell overboard.
“The search area is so offshore, almost 200 miles southeast of Galveston, so it’s way out there and very difficult to get to and get any resources out to it. Basically airplanes are the quickest and most effective way we can search right now.”
The U.S. Coast Guard launched aircraft from both Mobile, Alabama, and Corpus Christi, Texas to handle the search. The aircraft would all be equipped with video as well as infrared sensors in order to help search for people in the water. Kendrick estimated that the search radius that has been established is about 30 by 50 nautical miles.
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In their report of the ongoing search for the missing Texas woman, the media outlet KPRC advised that Carnival had released a statement about their step-by-step process initiated in the search for Samantha Broberg.
“A 33-year-old female guest on the cruise ship Carnival Liberty was reported missing by traveling companions. A ship-wide search was conducted along with a review of the ship’s camera footage. Unfortunately, it appears the guest may have gone overboard early this morning. 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 also stated that their CareTeam will be providing support to the traveling companions and family members of the guest who fell overboard and are also keeping the Texas woman “and her loved ones in our thoughts during this difficult time.”
Carnival Liberty also advised that they departed Galveston, Texas for the four-day Mexico cruise on Thursday. but that on a year-round basis the ship is based in Galveston.
The U.S. Coast Guard has not given a timeframe for the continued search for the missing Texas woman, but updates will be provided as they become available.
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