Woman Who Fell From Music Festival Cruise Ship Identified

The "Norwegian Pearl" of the Norwegian Cruise Line
The "Norwegian Pearl" of the Norwegian Cruise Line Ingo Wagner / Ingo Wagner/AP file

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By Phil Helsel

Authorities have identified a woman who went overboard from a cruise ship hosting an electronic dance music party as a 24-year-old South Carolina woman.

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for Kaylyn Rose Sommer of Charleston, who fell off the Norwegian Pearl, a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, about 7 p.m. ET Thursday a little more than 22 nautical miles off Cuba.

The ship is hosting the Mad Decent Boat Party, a four-day music festival, as it journeys from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico. The tour is run by the Los Angeles record label Mad Decent, co-founded by the DJ Diplo.

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

"Both the ship and charter company teams are providing support to the family and all impacted guests during this difficult time" it said.

The Coast Guard said it had searched 600 square nautical miles as of Friday afternoon.