Brooks’s husband, Scott, left, had bought the cruise vacation as a Christmas gift for his wife
Juwanna Brooks, a 44-year-old woman who fell overboard from a Carnival ship into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night was on her very first cruise, that had been given to her as a Christmas gift from her husband.
‘I just want to believe that they’re going to find something,’ her mother, Marilyn Winfrey, told KLFY in Louisiana. ‘I just want to be able to put her to rest.’
Brooks was seen falling overboard into the Gulf of Mexico. The Mexican Navy were still looking for her body on Wednesday.
Brooks had been texting her mother in the moments before the vanished and had even sent her a video of her getting on board the previous day.
‘We’ve been trying to get in touch with the embassy in Mexico, but it’s a long process and we haven’t heard anything yet but they are still looking for her,’ Winfrey said to the station.
She dismissed rumors that Brooks may have deliberately jumped over the railing.
‘I did hear rumors that she possibly jumped, but there’s no way she could, she’s only 5-foot-1,’ she told KLFY. ‘There’s a lot of rumors going around and we don’t know, it’s still under investigation by the FBI. We’re still waiting we haven’t heard anything yet.’
Brooks’s family are holding out hope that she may still be found.
Brook’s fell just four days after another passenger died after also falling from her balcony while aboard the Carnival Elation en route to the Bahamas.
Authorities have not released that woman’s name or how she came to fall.
In the past calendar year, Carnival has seen three death-by-falling incidents.
Eight-year-old Zion Smith fell off the fifth-story deck of Glory while the ship was docked at a Miami port in October 2017. She fell to the third story and died.
Zion, who was from Nassau, The Bahamas, was traveling with her brother, mother and her mother’s boyfriend when she tragically died.
Her uncle, Damien Fox, told ABC Local 10 at the time that some family members on the ship believed several people were pushing in an attempt to get out of an elevator may have accidentally caused the girl to fall.
In February 2017, Kevin Wellons of Georgia fell from the 11th-floor deck of the Elation into the water while the ship was near the Bahamas.
His wife reported the 24-year-old missing the morning after his fall, and a 1,300-square-mile Coast Guard search for his body proved futile.
The cruise ship line was also hit with controversy in December, when a family from Florida found a secret video camera had been hidden in their cabin while they were traveling aboard the Fantasy.
And in May 2016, the Adonia’s inaugural trip to Cuba was not without scandal as it emerged that some of the 700 passengers might have caught the dreaded novovirus.
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