November 13, 2015


Woman Missing at Sea After Jumping Off Mad Decent Music Cruise (Updated)

Scott Dudelson
Scott Dudelson

Update (11/13, 1:30PM): Mad Decent has issued an update on Facebook:

"We are deeply saddened by the news that one of our guests on our current cruise went overboard on November 12. The Coast Guard is now leading all search and rescue efforts and the ship is enroute back to Miami. The safety and security of our guests and the ship’s crew is our number one priority, all appropriate safety precautions will continue to be taken for this and all of our events. Our hearts go out to the family and all involved in this incident, and we will continue to support those affected during this difficult time."

Original story (11/13, 9:30AM): Mad Decent, the Diplo-founded label that's presented artists like Riff RaffBaauer, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake and Diplo's own Major Lazer and Jack Ü, launched a cruise/music festival on Wednesday. On Thursday night, the Miami-to-Cozumel Mad Decent Boat Party lost a passenger.

The label issued a statement (via Stereogum) on Friday:

"Thursday, November 12 during the chartered cruise on Norwegian Pearl, a female guest was observed intentionally going overboard while the ship was sailing the Yucatan Channel. The ship’s crew immediately initiated rescue measures, including deploying three rescue boats and notifying the Coast Guard and other relevant authorities. The search for the guest is ongoing. Both the ship and charter company teams are providing support to the family and all impacted guests during this difficult time."

TMZ initially reported that the ship was 22 miles away from Cuba and a patrol by the U.S. Coast Guard went out via a plane and at least three boats. At the time, it was unclear as to whether the passenger jumped or fell.

Stereogum's report features a series of tweets sent by a passenger throughout the evening. Artists aboard the ship include A-Trak, Alison Wonderland, G-Eazy, ILoveMakonnen, MØ, Skrillex and Diplo.