Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

iStock/Thinkstock(GALVESTON, Texas) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing cruise ship passenger in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday evening.

Samantha Broberg, 33, was reported missing from the Carnival Liberty, Friday, approximately 200 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.

Crews had searched for 20 hours and covered more than 4,300 square miles, according to the Coast Guard's statement.

After Broberg was reported missing by her travel companions, a ship-wide search was conducted and the ship's camera footage was reviewed, Carnival said.

The cruise line said Broberg had climbed up on a deck railing and fell backwards into the Gulf of Mexico from the 10th deck of the ship at approximately 2 a.m. Friday, but the Coast Guard was not contacted until 5 p.m. Friday, when her disappearance had been confirmed.

The woman's family released a statement Saturday asking for privacy.

"We hope and pray the U.S. Coast Guard is able to bring Samantha home," the statement said.

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