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USCG search covered a combined area of more than 4,300 square miles (Map: USCG Sector Houston)

USCG suspends search for Carnival cruiser who went overboard

US Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators suspended the search for a missing cruise ship passenger in the Gulf of Mexico at 8:14 p.m. CDT Sunday.

Samantha Broberg, 33, was reported missing from Carnival Liberty on Friday, approximately 200 miles southeast of Galveston. Surveillance video showed her going overboard from the 10th deck at about 2 a.m. Friday.

The Coast Guard's 8th District command center coordinated 20 hours of searching by alternating HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, and Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The crews saturated a 60 by 90 nautical mile area in the Gulf of Mexico, with a combined search area totaling more than 4,300 square miles.

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