The search for a missing passenger who had been cruising onboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn has been suspended by the Coast Guard because of rough weather. A Coast Guard spokesman also confirmed that survival in these temperatures and water conditions would be "unlikely," according to media reports.
Agents from the New York office of the FBI will be interviewing witnesses to try to determine whether or not foul play was involved. Although neither the cruise line nor the Coast Guard will comment or release the passenger's name, media sources have identified her as 46-year-old Mindy Jordan, a practical nurse, who lived in New Jersey.
A recap: Yesterday, Norwegian Dawn departed New York City right on time at 4 p.m. EDT en route to Bermuda -- but was forced to perform a search and rescue mission nearly four hours into its voyage because of a report of a passenger overboard.
Norwegian Dawn was approximately 45 miles northeast of Atlantic City when the report came in at 7:50 p.m. The ship was joined by the U.S. Coast Guard and two rescue helicopter teams -- one from Atlantic City and one from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard released the ship around midnight and took over the rescue operations; the helicopter search was finally called off at 3:05 a.m. due to high winds and rain.
Norwegian Dawn continued on its way to Bermuda, where it's scheduled to arrive on Wednesday morning as planned.
Stay tuned; we'll keep you posted.
--by Jana Jones, Cruise Critic Contributor