Diplo’s Mad Decent Boat Party Canceled As Search For Missing Fan Continues
Dance star Diplo’s Mad Decent Boat Party festival has been scrapped after a woman “intentionally” jumped overboard on Thursday. The female fan threw herself off the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship hours after it left the Port of Miami in Florida on Thursday afternoon, prompting officials to halt the boat and send out search crews to locate the missing passenger.
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard were subsequently called in to take over the mission and the search is still underway off the coast of Cuba. “During the chartered cruise on Norwegian Pearl, a female guest was observed intentionally going overboard while the ship was sailing the Yucatan Channel,” read a statement issued by event organizers. “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.” As a result of the incident, Mad Decent Boat Party bosses have decided to turn the ship around and head back to Miami, according to TMZ, instead of continue on to Cozumel, Mexico, where fans were due to spend the weekend, before returning to the U.S. on Sunday. The annual party cruise, hosted by Diplo’s record label executives, had been due to feature sets by artists including A-Trak, Skrillex and Diplo himself. The dance star’s act Major Lazer and Dillon Francis are still scheduled to hit the decks to keep passengers entertained on the journey home to Miami.