Memorial held for SC mom who went overboard from cruise ship

JAMES ISLAND, S.C.— Friends and family of a Charleston woman who went overboard a cruise ship earlier this month came together to honor her memory.

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A memorial for Kaylyn Rose Sommer was held on Sunday evening.

Officials say Sommer, age 24, of Charleston went overboard the Norwegian Pearl on Thursday, November 12 while the ship was about 22 miles off the coast of Cuba.

The FBI is now investigating the incident.

The cruise was chartered for the electronic dance music event Mad Decent Boat Party, sailing from Miami to Cozumel from Wednesday to Sunday.

Officials say that Sommer, who leaves behind a young daughter, was observed “intentionally going overboard while the ship was sailing the Yucatan Channel.”  She fell about 80-feet into the water.

“Agents met the ship as it pulled into port,” said FBI spokesman Michael Leverock told the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

The search was suspended at 11 a.m. Saturday after Coast Guard crews covered 1,378 square nautical miles looking for Sommer, who was born and raised in Charleston, SC.

Sommer married her husband on the same cruise last year,  NBC Miami reported.

The event this year was advertised as an “insane” event with performers including Diplo and Skrillex, sailing from Miami to Cozumel from Wednesday to Sunday, WCBD reported.

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