FBI Investigating Mad Decent Boat Party Woman Jumping Overboard
The FBI is investigating an incident aboard the Diplo-helmed Mad Decent Boat Party where a woman reportedly jumped off of the ship while at sea. The search was called off for Kaylyn Rose Sommer, 24, of Charleston, South Carolina, who reportedly jumped as the ship was voyaging through the Yucatan Channel the coast of Cuba making its way to Mexico on Nov. 12.
Mad Decent canceled the remainder of its activities, which included a stop in Cozumel, Mexico and returned to port in Miami on Nov. 15. This is where "agents met the ship as it pulled into port," said FBI spokesperson Michael Leverock in a statement via the Sun Sentinel.
The Coast Guard was called in to search the area where Sommer was seen overboard with a cutter ship and C-130 aircraft. They searched 1,300 total miles before calling of the search.
"We are all sons and daughters, and many of our responders have young children themselves," said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, Incident Management Chief at the Coast Guard's Seventh District. "Suspending search efforts is always a painful decision, particularly when it involves a young mother."
In a joint statement by Mad Decent and the cruise liner, the Norwegian Cruise Lines, they said "a female guest was observed intentionally going overboard while the ship" and offered their condolences for all affected.
"The safety and security of our guests and the ship's crew is our number one priority, all appropriate safety precautions will continue to be taken for this and all of our events. Both the ship and charter company teams are providing support to the family and all impacted guests during this difficult time," read the statement.
It is too early to make assumptions about what exactly happened, especially when there is a life at stake, it is prudent to allow the investigation to be completed.