The FBI has reportedly taken over the investigation of a 25-year-old mother who fell off a Carnival cruise ship in an incident that one onboard paramedic has said had a “high suspicion of foul play.”
The unidentified woman is presumed to have died after she fell off a fifth-floor balcony of her stateroom while the Carnival Miracle was en route from California to Mexico on Saturday, The Sun reported.
“Someone has lost their life, whether it was done by accident or by foul play I don’t know,” said Daniel Miranda, a Northern California firefighter paramedic on board the ship, according to CBS Los Angeles.
“There’s some high suspicion of foul play,” he added.
The woman, who fell into waters about 35 miles off the coast of Ensenada, had reportedly been traveling with her boyfriend and a relative.
After searching for over 31 hours, the Coast Guard ended its efforts and the feds took over, according to the news outlet.
“We responded due to the circumstances since we have jurisdiction on the high seas,” an agency spokesman told The Sun. “Whether accidental, foul play or otherwise, we look for evidence to determine what actually occurred.”
The ship, carrying 1,100 people, left the Long Beach Cruise Terminal on Dec. 9 and was due to return Saturday.
“I can’t believe something happened to her. Sweet young lady, you know. A sweet soul and she’s gone,” said Patricia Taylor, who said she met the young mother on the trip.
“And this lady is 25 years old with a baby. A one-year-old child,” she added, The Sun reported.
On Saturday, the company said in a statement that “we advised Carnival Miracle guests this morning of an overboard incident involving one of our guests from the balcony of her stateroom.
“Our thoughts are with the guest and her family, and our care team is providing support,” the statement added.