Coast Guard abandons hunt for missing cruise ship passenger

**FILE**The main entrance of Carnival Corp. is shown in Miami, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006. The world's largest cruise operator on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 said that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income fell 14 percent, hurt by higher fuel prices and other expenses, but results beat analyst expectations. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search for a cruise ship passenger who apparently fell overboard into the Gulf of Mexico a day after leaving Galveston, Texas.

A Coast Guard statement says the search for 33-year-old Samantha Broberg was suspended Sunday evening after crews searched for more than 20 hours, covering more than 4,300 square miles.

Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement that people traveling with Broberg reported her missing Friday. Ship surveillance video showed a woman falling overboard about 2 a.m. Friday. Carnival says she can be seen sitting on a deck railing then falling back into the water.

The Associated Press left a message Monday seeking comment from Broberg’s family, in Arlington, Texas.

The Carnival Liberty docked in Galveston on Monday morning.

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