Juwanna and Scott Brooks

Juwanna and Scott Brooks (image via WWL-TV)

The Mexican Navy has called off the search for a woman who went overboard during a cruise on the Carnival Triumph nearly a week ago, according to a report from KLFY-TV

Juwanna Brooks, 44 of Lafayette, went overboard in the Gulf of Mexico last Sunday. The Mexican Navy had been leading the search, but to no avail. 

Passengers said they saw Juwanna and her husband Scott Brooks arguing at dinner before being escorted out by security, according to a report from WWL-TV.

She was seen going overboard about 30 minutes later, the report said.

“It was scary,” Nikki D’Andrea, a passenger on the cruise, said to WWL-TV. “We went to the balcony and looked over. They threw the life thing over and they had a search light going. Really sad, it was awful.”

The FBI in New Orleans is investigating the death of Brooks after the ship returned to New Orleans Thursday. The Mexican Navy is running search and rescue operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Brooks’ mother, Marilyn Winfrey, told KLFY-TV in Lafayette that Brooks was on her first cruise, which was a Christmas present from her husband.

“I just want to believe that they’re going to find something, I just want to be able to put her to rest,” Winfrey told KLFY. “I’m still believing that she’s going to come home one way or the other. I want her to come home. That’s mainly what I want right now, just to have closure.”

Winfrey said that her daughter sent her a video shortly after they boarded the Triumph on Saturday. The ship was sailing from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico.

The Carnival Triumph operates four- and five-day cruises from New Orleans.

For the full report from KLFY-TV, click here.