Carnival Cruise Line and the U.S. Coast Guard both released statements saying Samantha Broberg fell off the Carnival Liberty near Galveston early Friday morning

By Andrea Park
May 14, 2016 10:45 AM
Source: Samantha Broberg/Facebook

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the Gulf of Mexico for a woman who fell off the Carnival Liberty cruise ship early Friday morning.

Carnival officials told KHOU Houston that video footage shows 33-year-old Samantha Broberg falling overboard at around 2 a.m. on Friday. The Liberty departed from Galveston, Texas, on Thursday for a four day cruise to Mexico.

A statement from Carnival reveals that a “ship-wide search was conducted along with a review of the ship’s camera footage,” according to KHOU. “Unfortunately, it appears the guest may have gone overboard early this morning.”

Broberg’s fellow passengers reported that the ship-wide search was “very thorough.”

“Our steward came into our room, checked the closets, checked the bathroom, looked under the bed, looked out on our balcony,” passenger Jo Trizila told NBC DFW. “We knew it wasn’t going to end well when the last few updates, the announcer said, ‘Would you please just keep this family in your thoughts and prayers?’ ”

The Coast Guard released a statement Friday saying they are searching for Broberg 195 miles off the coast of Galveston, according to KPRC2 Houston.

“Watchstanders with the 8th Coast Guard District command center received a call from the master of the Carnival Liberty stating that they had a video of a woman falling overboard around 2 a.m. and that they conducted an accountable search for all passengers. Broberg was found to be missing,” the statement reads. “The watchstanders directed the launch of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew to conduct a search for Broberg.”