The victim — identified by the US Coast Guard as Kaylyn Rose Sommer, 24, of Charleston, South Carolina — ditched the 2015 Mad Decent Boat Party and jumped off the EDM party cruise when it was about 22 miles off the coast of Cuba around 7 p.m.
The chartered cruise on the Norwegian Pearl, which set sail from Miami on Wednesday, was headed to Cozumel, Mexico.
The Coast Guard and an air crew from Air Station Clearwater were still searching for the missing woman Friday. A Coast Guard Alligator cutter boat and a C-130 rescue plane had been deployed from Clearwater to look for the woman.
NBC Miami originally reported that a “twerk” dance-off preceded the tragic incident, quoting a friend of the victim’s, but later removed the claim.
The cruise, which had scheduled performances from EDM artists like A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Skrillex, and Major Lazer, was en route to Miami as the Coast Guard continued the search for the woman.
The ship will dock in Miami on Nov. 15 as scheduled.
The cruise ship company said in a statement: “On Thursday, November 12 during a chartered cruise on Norwegian Pearl, a female guest was observed intentionally going overboard from a stateroom balcony while the ship was sailing the Yucatan Channel.”
“The ship’s crew immediately initiated rescue measures, including deploying multiple rescue boats and notifying the Coast Guard and other relevant authorities. The Coast Guard has now taken over search and rescue efforts and the ship is en route to Miami. Both the ship and charter company teams are providing support to the family and all impacted guests during this difficult time.”
The Mad Decent Boat Party, on its website, is advertised as “four days of friends, fun, sun and non-stop music.”