Family of Cruise Passenger Lost at Sea Retains Hope

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A woman fell overboard from a cruise ship earlier this week and was lost a sea.

The 44-year-old victim, Juwanna Brooks, was reportedly on her first cruise when she went missing from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship. Her mother, Marilyn Winfrey, reportedly told a local Louisiana new station that it is hard to believe that her daughter is gone, and that she“ want[s] to believe that they’re going to find something.”

Mystery surrounds the woman’s disappearance. Her husband says that Brooks sent him a video before boarding the ship. She was last seen falling from the cruise ship, but as of yet no body has been found.

Cruise companies have been criticized for not better deploying “man overboard” technology, which was mandated by the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act.

Every year dozens of cruise ship passengers fall from the vessels. The majority of the victims are never heard from again. Proponents of the man overboard technology believe that it could help save lives if used properly.