The U.S. Coast Guard saved a 28-year-old man who fell overboard from a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico almost 20 hours after he was reported missing.
A Carnival Cruise Line representative said the guest was at a bar on the Carnival Valor with his sister and left to use the restroom at around 2300 hrs on Wednesday. He never came back, and his sister informed the crew the next day that he was missing.
The Carnival crew searched the entire ship but couldn’t find the missing passenger, the ship was diverted to her past route, and the Carnival Valor launched a search operation. On Thursday afternoon, around 1430 hrs, the Coast Guard was informed.
The U.S. Coast Guard aided the Carnival crew with the search and rescue operation. As per USCG, the missing person was found in the water just after 2000 hrs on Thursday, after about 20 hours since he went missing.
The man’s condition was reported to be stable, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday.
“The Jayhawk aircrew lifted the man onto the helicopter and took him to the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, where emergency medical services were waiting for him,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
The ship was headed to Cozumel, a Mexican island in the Caribbean; the Coast Guard gave the ship permission to continue her voyage.
Here is the video showing the dramatic rescue of the man who went overboard from the carnival cruise ship: