(WCSC) - The Coast Guard suspended its search efforts for Kaylyn Rose Sommer who went overboard during a cruise 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba.
The search was suspended at 11 a.m., Saturday, after Coast Guard crews covered 1,378 square nautical miles looking for Sommer, a 24-year-old mother and Charleston resident.
"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones affected by this terrible tragedy," said Capt. Todd Coggeshall, Incident Management Chief at the Coast Guard's Seventh District. "We are all sons and daughters, and many of our responders have young children themselves. Suspending search efforts is always a painful decision, particularly when it involves a young mother."
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center received the initial report at approximately 7 p.m., on Nov. 12 from crew of the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl reporting that a woman had gone overboard. It is believed Sommer went overboard from a height of more than 80 feet above the water, while the cruise ship was underway.
The Coast Guard Cutter Alligator, aircrews aboard an HC-130 from Air Station Clearwater and an HC-144 from Air Station Miami, and a Cuban Border Guard surface asset participated in search efforts.