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Norwegian Dawn’s cameras catch woman’s death plunge

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On May - 14 - 2008

Norwegian Pearl Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) says surveillance cameras on the Norwegian Dawn show 46-year-old Mindy Jordan alone on her balcony when she fell overboard Sunday.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer Jordan’s family suspects foul play in her death and described her relationship with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jorge Caputo, as “volatile.”

According to NCL the interior hallway cameras and exterior cameras on the sides of the ship “confirmed that Mindy Jordan was in her stateroom alone at the time of the incident.” The company did not characterize the incident, and noted that investigations are continuing.

NCL is making arrangements for Jordan’s family to join the ship in Bermuda Thursday to view the surveillance footage.

FBI agents from the New York City office, as well as local authorities in Bermuda, conducted interviews on the ship today.

NCL released a timeline of events, beginning with Jordan, Caputo and a couple they were traveling with eating diner in the ship’s Garden Cafe.

The couples left the dining room and returned to their adjacent staterooms about 7:28 p.m., the cruise line said.

Eight minutes later, Caputo left his room and joined his friends next door. “From that moment on, Mindy is alone in her stateroom,” the cruise line said.

At 7:53 p.m., the surveillance cameras show Jordan falling overboard from her balcony, “straight into the water.”

The cruise line previously said that Jordan, who was staying on deck nine, was attempting to climb to an adjoining balcony when she fell.

Shortly after Jordan’s fall, an emergency call was made from the friends’ stateroom, and Caputo is seen leaving that room to “to seek help,” the cruise line said.

Four minutes later, a man-overboard announcement was made and the ship’s crew launched two rescue boats.

Jordan went overboard about 45 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, about four hours after the ship had left New York City, en route to Bermuda.

The Coast Guard joined the search, which was called off on Monday. Mindy Jordan’s body has not been found.

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