A few details have emerged amid rampant speculation about what happened to Mindy Jordan, a 46-year-old mother of two teens who was traveling with her fiance on Norwegian Dawn and who went overboard.
Jordan, who was reported overboard Sunday evening at approximately 7:50 p.m. EDT, had apparently been attempting to move from one balcony to an adjacent one by climbing on the rail while the ship was underway, says a spokesperson from Norwegian Cruise Line.
Other details were reported by New Jersey's Courier Post, the passenger's hometown newspaper. Jordan, the mother of two teenage children, worked in home health care. Courier Post reporter Jim Walsh quoted Jordan's sister, Julie August, as saying that "my sister is a professional ... this is not somebody who's going to be jumping up on a rail." Relatives, Walsh writes, want an investigation into the incident.
"Norwegian Cruise Line is cooperating with authorities in every way possible," says AnneMarie Mathews, spokesperson for the cruise line. "The investigation will continue when we reach Bermuda and are docked." Although Cruise Critic has been unable to reach the F.B.I. for comment, it is widely speculated that they will board the ship in Bermuda to continue their investigation of the tragedy.
Jordan's fiance, Jorge Caputo, is said to be devastated by the loss. He will remain onboard at least until the ship reaches Bermuda since there were no intermediate ports of call and no way for him to leave the vessel.
The ship left New York at 4 pm on Sunday en route to Bermuda as scheduled and was located approximately 45 miles northeast of Atlantic City when the mishap was reported. Bad weather and high seas impeded the Coast Guard's abilities even though two separate helicopters were sent to conduct a search. The ship was released to continue on to Bermuda just before midnight on Sunday; the Coast Guard called off the search shortly afterwards. Norwegian Dawn will reach Bermuda on Wednesday.
We will keep you posted as we get more information, so check back often.
--by Jana Jones, Cruise Critic contributor
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