Tourism & Cruises

Woman falls from Norwegian cruise ship off Cuba’s coast

The Norwegian Pearl docked at PortMiami in November 2012.
The Norwegian Pearl docked at PortMiami in November 2012. MIAMI HERALD FILE

The Coast Guard was searching for a woman who went overboard from a cruise ship Thursday evening off the coast of Cuba.

The woman, who has not been identified, fell from the deck of the Norwegian Pearl about 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba, the Coast Guard said.

Crew members reported the passenger overboard to the Coast Guard at around 7 p.m.

A Coast Guard Cutter and an aircrew were en route to help in the search Thursday night.

In an emailed statement, Norwegian Cruise Lines stated that a female passenger was observed “intentionally going overboard” while the Pearl was sailing the Yucatan Channel.

The cruise line said crew members immediately deployed three rescue boats and notified authorities.

The statement said the trip was a chartered cruise, and both the ship and charter company are providing support to the family and guests.

The incident apparently took place during Mad Decent Boat Party, a popular EDM concert series that is being held onboard the Pearl as it cruises to Cozumel, Mexico.

Concert-goers took to social media Thursday night, posting prayers and hoping the passenger would be found safe.

The woman was the second cruise passenger to fall overboard in the past week. The Coast Guard on Saturday suspended its search for a man who fell from the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Friday.