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Search continues for woman who fell from party cruise ship near Cuba

The Coast Guard cutter Alligator and a fixed-wing Coast Guard aircraft continue the search for Kaylyn Rose Sommer, who fell from a chartered party cruise ship 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba Thursday night.
The Coast Guard cutter Alligator and a fixed-wing Coast Guard aircraft continue the search for Kaylyn Rose Sommer, who fell from a chartered party cruise ship 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba Thursday night. U.S. Coast Guard

The search continued Friday for a woman who fell from a cruise ship hosting an electronic dance music festival as it sailed 22 miles off the Cuban coast Thursday night.

The woman has been identified as Kaylyn Rose Sommer, 24, of Charleston, South Carolina, according to United States Coast Guard spokesman Stephen Lehmann. The Coast Guard cutter Alligator and a C-130 airplane are searching a 400-square-mile area of ocean, Lehmann said.

In an emailed statement, Norwegian Cruise Lines said Sommer jumped from its ship the Norwegian Pearl. “[Sommer] was observed intentionally going overboard from a stateroom balcony” at around 7 p.m. Thursday, the statement said. Crew members launched boats to rescue the woman but failed.

[Sommer] was observed intentionally going overboard from a stateroom balcony.”

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Sommer has a 6-year-old daughter, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4. The woman’s father, Michael Sommer, told the little girl that her mother was lost at sea, CBS4 reported.

The cruise ship had been chartered to sail from PortMiami to Cozumel, Mexico, by the “Mad Decent Boat Party,” an electronic dance music festival co-hosted by the DJ and producer Diplo. The ship has since reversed course for Miami.

An Atlanta-based company called Sixthman, which puts together music festivals on charter cruises, organized the party. Sixthman did not return requests for comment late Friday afternoon.

Sommer is the second person to fall overboard from a cruise ship in the last week. Bernardo Elbaz, 35, fell from the deck of a Royal Caribbean vessel last Friday. In a video, Elbaz can be seen clinging to a lifeboat rafter off the ship’s side as passengers try to save him before he drops into the water below. The Coast Guard called off the search the next day.

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