The investigation into what caused Mindy Jordan, 46, to fall from her balcony on board Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn last Sunday continues in Bermuda.
Investigators from the F.B.I. and Bermuda authorities have had access to the ship since it arrived at King's Wharf yesterday morning for gathering and reviewing information; the ship will remain docked there until tomorrow evening as scheduled.
"At this point, the investigation is completely in the hands of the F.B.I.," Tari Trott, a reporter for Bermuda's Royal Gazette, told Fox News yesterday. "The Bermuda police are acting in a supportive role, facilitating the investigation, but it's an F.B.I. investigation."
Early reports from the cruise line stated Jordan was attempting to climb from one cabin's balcony to another when she slipped and plunged into the water off the coast of Atlantic City. Surveillance camera footage, reviewed yesterday, provided additional information -- that she was alone in her cabin at the time of the fall.
According to WNBC-TV, the F.B.I. has not only conducted interviews (which are ongoing), but has also taken the Plexiglas and wooden railings from both cabins involved for further forensic testing at its lab in Quantico, Virginia.
Spokespersons for Norwegian Cruise Line have not yet advised Cruise Critic as to whether Jorge Caputo, Jordan's fiance who was traveling with her, will be flying back to New Jersey after the F.B.I.'s investigation or will continue home on the ship. However, according to WCSB-TV, Caputo was relocated after the incident so cruise ship security personnel could secure the cabin he shared with Jordan until the authorities could board.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
--by Jana Jones, Cruise Critic contributor
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