Coast Guard suspends search for missing cruise ship passenger

144 Cape CodHOUSTON — 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 the Carnival Liberty, Friday, approximately 200 miles southeast of Galveston.

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

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