Both the F.B.I. and Bermuda authorities boarded Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn this morning to begin their joint investigation into what exactly happened to Mindy Jordan, the 46-year-old New Jersey woman who went overboard last Sunday night, according to The Royal Gazette, one of Bermuda's major newspapers.
The ship arrived as scheduled at Bermuda's King's Wharf this morning, a few minutes after 8 a.m. EDT. Passengers were allowed to debark within a short period of time.
Other than that, very little is known at this time. The Bermuda authorities and the F.B.I. are conducting interviews and forensic examinations to help determine the cause of the accident, and the Coast Guard is conducting a Marine Casualty probe to determine what part, if any, the ship or the cruise line played in this tragedy.
According to a report on the Asbury Park Press' Web site, F.B.I. spokesman Jim Margolin said "Among the things we're going to try to determine is whether a crime occurred," adding that he isn't certain how long that might take. Also, according to the news story, certain items were taken from the home of Jordan's mother after she was interviewed, including photographs allegedly showing Jordan with bruises inflicted by Caputo.
Cruise Critic member Robhink is onboard Dawn and claims that the investigation on the ship has been low-key and quiet, especially for people who are not on the 9th deck, where the accident took place.
"There were a couple [of] other interesting items that I'm sure will be brought up in reviews of this cruise after it's over," Robhink posts on the Norwegian Cruise Line forum, "such as leaking in and around the casino area from the large (40+ foot waves) that were hitting the ship yesterday."
Coincidentally, Norwegian Dawn was the ship that was hit with a nearly 70-foot rogue wave near the Bahamas almost exactly three years ago.
Spokespersons for the cruise line were unable to provide additional information about the investigation at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and bring you updates as they are made available to us.
--by Jana Jones, Cruise Critic contributor
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Investigation Underway on Norwegian Dawn
May 14, 2008