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Missing Woman Allegedly Jumped Off Cruise Ship Deck After 'Twerk-Off' Dance Contest

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Kaylyn Rose SommerKaylyn Rose Sommer

The 24-year-old woman who went overboard on a Norwegian cruise ship off the coast of Cuba after a "twerk-off" dance contest has been identified as Kaylyn Rose Sommer from Charleston, South Carolina.

Sommer went off the deck of the cruise ship on Nov. 12 during the four-day music festival cruise, “Mad Decent Boat Party.” Search and rescue efforts have not been successful in locating her body, WSVN and NBC 6 reported.

"We've now been on scene for more than 14 hours, no sign of her, so it's a dire situation," U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma said, according to WSVN.

The Coast Guard is searching 325 nautical miles from where Sommer went overboard, about 22 miles off the coast of Cuba. The Cuban government has been notified of the search and rescue efforts but is not currently involved.

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A friend of Sommer's recalled what happened to NBC 6.

"She and some other girl who was calling herself the twerk queen were having a twerk-off, " Graham Hansen told NBC 6. "Twerk queen started twerking on her [the missing woman's] boyfriend, and it caused some sort of issue between the two of them."

Reports say Sommer may have jumped off the ship intentionally.

Norwegian Cruise Line released the following statement about the incident:

"On Thursday, Nov. 12, during a 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."

Sommer is a mother to a 6-year-old daughter. The child’s father told WSVN she is staying with family and he is not ready to give an interview.

Sources: WSVN, NBC 6 / Photo credit: The Daily Mail