FBI investigates after young SC mom goes overboard from cruise ship

CHARLESTON, SC (WNCN) — The FBI is now investigating how a Charleston mom fell off a cruise ship and disappeared nearly a week ago.


The Coast Guard and Norwegian cruise line officials say  Kaylyn Rose Sommer, age 24, of Charleston went overboard the Norwegian Pearl on Thursday while the ship was about 22 miles off the coast of Cuba.

The cruise was chartered for the electronic dance music event Mad Decent Boat Party, sailing from Miami to Cozumel from Wednesday to Sunday.

Officials say the Sommer, who has a young daughter, was observed “intentionally going overboard while the ship was sailing the Yucatan Channel.”  She fell about 80-feet into the water.

“Agents met the ship as it pulled into port,” said FBI spokesman Michael Leverock told the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

The search was suspended at 11 a.m. Saturday after Coast Guard crews covered 1,378 square nautical miles looking for Sommer, who was born and raised in Charleston, SC.

Sommer married her husband on the same cruise last year,  NBC Miami reported.

The event this year was advertised as an “insane” event with performers including Diplo and Skrillex, sailing from Miami to Cozumel from Wednesday to Sunday, WCBD reported.

The Coast Guard says a friend of Sommer told them that she was involved in a “twerk-off” which led to her jumping off the ship, WCBD reported.

The cruise line said in a statement that the woman intentionally jumped overboard into the Yucatan Channel, NBC News said.

Crews at the Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center received the initial report at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday from crew of the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl reporting that a woman had gone overboard.

It is believed the woman went overboard from a height of more than 80 feet above the water, while the cruise ship was underway.

— Info from WCBD-TV

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