This story, is so sad and so strange at the same time. A 32 year old woman jumped off a balcony of her 5 day cruise after an incident that started in a hot tub.
According to The Daily Mail a new video shows a woman struggling with cruise ship security moments before she allegedly jumped off a balcony and vanished into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon.
The footage shows three security guards on the Carnival Valor holding the apparently frantic woman’s arms behind her back. She was not handcuffed, despite prior claims from passengers.
She is heard screaming out the name ‘Alicia’ as the guards help her up a flight of stairs and off of the pool deck after an alleged hot tub incident.
Shortly after being escorted off the deck, the 32-year-old woman allegedly broke free from the guards and jumped off the tenth floor of the ship and into the ocean.
Her leap was not shown in the video, but passengers told Fox 8 that she hit the side of the boat before hitting the water face first.
Shocked passengers are seen rushing to the edge of ship as crew tossed life preservers and flares to mark her position in the water.
The passengers claim the woman disappeared soon after.
— FOX 8 New Orleans (@FOX8NOLA) February 17, 2022
The woman was traveling on the Carnival Valor with her husband on a five-day cruise to Mexico that departed New Orleans on Saturday.
The Coast Guard has since suspended its search for the woman.
‘Security got her out of the hot tub. Whenever they got to take her into custody, apparently she was upset and went over the rail,’ witness Kim Barnette told WAFB.
‘Security tried to calm her down, and she was belligerent toward them,’ passenger Emil Avenarius echoed in an interview with Nola.com.
‘They had to restrain her because she was combative. She broke loose and flipped herself over the side.’
Avenarius, a retired law enforcement officer, claims another eyewitness told him she ‘saw blood and jerking motions’ after the woman went overboard.
‘She said “it looked like a seizure,” and I said “that might have happened with the head injury.”‘
The video is broken up. What really happened?
— Who Dat Lady (@anita_garland) February 17, 2022
There is a version of events saying that she was restrained and taken to her cabin where she was going to stay and she jumped from her balcony. Not while handcuffed. Those details are fuzzy as some say she jumped from the deck others say the balcony.
— Antonio Lazzari (@Devilleader1) February 18, 2022
So sad. Prayers going out to her family ???? https://t.co/HPyS3jtjEa
— Emma Kindred (@peaceun2u2003) February 18, 2022
Just so sad.