Representatives from the F.B.I. and authorities from Bermuda boarded Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn this morning after it docked at Bermuda's King's Wharf, the only port of call on its seven-night cruise from New York. Their goal? To investigate the incident that presumably ended the life of Mindy Jordan, 46, who fell overboard soon after the ship set sail on Sunday evening.
Although the investigation is ongoing, one thing has been firmly established: Ms. Jordan was alone and acted alone when she fell from the balcony of her Deck 9 stateroom and into rough seas. According to an official statement from the cruise line, Norwegian Dawn's extensive and advanced safety and surveillance system has documented, from both inside and outside the ship, most of the time that remains in question.
Following is a time line of events, as reported in the NCL statement:
Mindy Jordan and Jorge Caputo dined at the Garden Cafe with the couple they were traveling with; both couples returned to their assigned adjacent staterooms at approximately 7:28 p.m.
At 7:36 p.m., Jorge left his stateroom and went to join his friends in their stateroom next door. From that moment on, Mindy is alone in her stateroom.
At 7:53 p.m., surveillance cameras from the exterior of the ship captured Mindy falling overboard from her balcony, straight into the water. Shortly thereafter, an emergency call was made from the friends' stateroom and Jorge is seen exiting to seek help.
At 7:57 p.m., a man overboard announcement was made and the ship's crew began lifesaving operations, including the launch of two rescue boats.
NCL has offered to make arrangements for Jordan's family to join the ship in Bermuda tomorrow and view the surveillance footage. In its statement, NCL says it remains committed to assisting the family in any way possible during this tragic time.
--by Jana Jones, Cruise Critic contributor
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Security Camera Captures Woman's Fall from NCL Ship
May 14, 2008