Cruise line has surveillance of fall

May 14, 2008 6:48:44 PM PDT
Norwegian Cruise Line says it has surveillance video of a woman falling overboard.Cruise line officials said the initial indication was that Mindy Jordan, a 46-year-old nurse from Pine Hill, fell Sunday as she tried to reach from one balcony to another on a windy night when she fell overboard near in the Atlantic Ocean, some 45 miles from Atlantic City.

Now, the cruise line announced that surveillance cameras had captured Jordan's fall and indicated that she was alone just prior to the incident.

Norwegian Cruise Line released the following statement:

"The advanced safety and surveillance system operating on Norwegian Dawn, including cameras in the interior hallways and on the exterior sides of the ship, has confirmed that Mindy Jordan was in her stateroom alone at the time of the incident. The sequence of events is as follows:

Mindy Jordan and Jorge Caputo dined at the Garden Café with the couple they were traveling with and then returned to their assigned adjacent staterooms at approximately 7:28 p.m.

At 7:36 p.m., Jorge left his stateroom and went to join his friends in their stateroom next door. From that moment on, Mindy is alone in her stateroom.

At 7:53 p.m., surveillance cameras from the exterior of the ship capture Mindy falling overboard from her balcony, straight into the water. Shortly thereafter, an emergency call was made from the friends' stateroom and Jorge is seen exiting to seek help.

At 7:57 p.m., a man overboard announcement is made and the ship's crew began lifesaving operations, including the launch of two rescue boats."

By Tuesday, the Coast Guard had given up its search for Jordan.

Her family, though, fears her fall wasn't only tragic, but also criminal. And the FBI is now trying to sort it out.

Agents were in Bermuda to interview witnesses aboard The Norwegian Dawn as the ship arrived there, hoping to determine whether a crime occurred.

But if no one's charged in the matter, the FBI might not make its findings public.