updated 5/13/2008 2:53:12 PM ET 2008-05-13T18:53:12

Norwegian Cruise Lines says a woman was apparently trying to climb between balconies on a cruise ship when she fell overboard near the Atlantic City, New Jersey, coast.

Cruise officials say The Norwegian Dawn was headed for Bermuda from New York City when the 46-year-old woman fell overboard at about 7:50 p.m. Sunday.

Coast Guard helicopters from Atlantic City and Massachusetts spent seven hours searching for the woman before calling off the search due to heavy wind and rain.

Louise Jordan tells WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that the missing woman was her daughter, Mindy Jordan. She says her daughter's boyfriend notified her family from the ship.

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