The woman reportedly climbed up on a deck railing and tumbled backwards, plunging into the water
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search for a female passenger who fell from the 10th deck of a Carnival Liberty cruise ship into the Gulf of Mexico.
Samantha Broberg, 33, reportedly climbed up on a deck railing and tumbled backwards, plunging into warm water about 200 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas, at 2 a.m. Friday morning.
The Arlington, Texas, woman was not reported missing to ship personnel by companions until Friday around noon. According to Carnival, “camera footage indicates that the guest was sitting on a deck railing and fell backwards into the water.”
The Coast Guard was not contacted until 5 p.m. on Friday after a ship-wide search was conducted.
A Coast Guard statement reveals that search and rescue teams ended their rescue efforts at 8:15 p.m. Sunday after spending 20 hours searching more than 4,300 square miles.
Broberg is a stay-at-home mother with four children according to the Houston Chronicle.
A Carnival spokesperson tells PEOPLE she was onboard the ship with friends.
Carnival confirms that no foul play is currently suspected, but provided no comment as to whether Broberg was alone at the time of the incident.
“This is a tremendously sad event. I do want to mention that sitting on a cruise ship railing is akin to sitting on the balcony railing of a high-rise hotel. It is risky and dangerous and against our rules,” Jennifer de la Cruz, Carnival Cruise Line’s VP of Corporate Communications, tells PEOPLE.
The Carnival Liberty returned to port in Galveston, Texas, Monday morning almost 80 hours after Broberg vanished. The ship was originally scheduled for a four-day cruise of Mexico.
Passengers say the Carnival crew was extremely thorough in their onboard investigation.
“Our steward came into our room, checked the closets, checked the bathroom, looked under the bed looked out on our balcony. I mean, they did a very thorough search. 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,’ ” passenger Jo Trizila told NBCDFW.
“We had a good opportunity to find the individual were they in the search area we were looking. Unfortunately, we re unable to find the individual as yet,” Lt. Commander Mike Martin of the USCG told ABC 13
Broberg’s family says they are “coming together” at this time.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the incident that occurred on the Carnival Cruise ship. We hope and pray the U.S. Coast Guard is able to bring Samantha home. We ask for privacy as our family comes together during this difficult time,” her family said in a statement on Saturday.
Carnival officials say their Care Team is providing support to Broberg’s family and friends.
“We are keeping our guest and her loved ones in our thoughts during this difficult time,” Carnival said in a statement.