Samantha Broberg goes Overboard on the Carnival Liberty
Photo form ABC News Coast Guard rescue units were deployed on Saturday, to search the Gulf of Mexico for a woman who fell off of a four-day cruise form Galveston early Friday morning.
The USCG sent out HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Mobile, Alabama, to search the waters 200 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas, according to a Coast Guard statement.
Carnival Liberty passenger Samantha Broberg, 33, of Arlington, Texas, apparently fell off of the ship approximately at 2 AM, Friday morning. Carnival Cruise Lines issued a statement confirmed that video footage captured the image of someone falling overboard. A roll call of passengers, Friday, revealed that Broberg was no longer on board. The search started midday Friday, when those traveling with Broberg reported her missing.
Broberg's family said they are "deeply saddened" and shocked" by the incident that occurred Friday in a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's website. “We hope and pray the U.S. Coast Guard is able to bring Samantha home."
Unfortunately the search was called off. After 20 hours of searching by plane and by boat, the Coast guard decided to call off the search for Broberg. They couldn't find any trace.
When the ship returned to Galveston, local authorities boarded the ship to conduct a formal investigation, of where she fell off from deck 10.
According to the Paulick Report, which writes about thoroughbred horse racing, Broberg is the wife of thoroughbred horse trainer Karl Broberg, who was not aboard the ship. The report said the couple has four children.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Broberg family, as they are going through this very tough time. Don't give up hope.