Coast Guard searching for woman who fell off cruise ship in Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a cruise ship passenger who may have gone overboard in the Gulf of Mexico Friday.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that its district command center in New Orleans was contacted by the master of the cruise ship Carnival Liberty. The ship reported that surveillance video showed a woman falling overboard at about 2 a.m. Friday.

“Earlier today, 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. A ship-wide search was conducted along with a review of the ship’s camera footage,” the cruise line said in a statement, according to KVUE-TV.

“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’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.”

Samantha Broberg, 33, was found to be missing. A Coast Guard aircraft was dispatched from Mobile, Alabama, to search the area about 200 miles southeast of Galveston.

The ship had left Galveston for Cozumel, Mexico about 10 hours earlier.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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