cruise ship passenger found alive almost 21 hours after falling overboard

The man fell on Wednesday evening and was not found by the emergency services until the following day in the early evening. Rescuers hailed this “Thanksgiving miracle”.

A unexpected rescue. A cruise ship passenger was found alive nearly 21 hours after falling overboard on Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana, US, reports The Guardian. The US Coast Guard speaks of a “miracle of Thanksgiving“, while the Americans celebrated this national holiday on Thursday.

Research on an area of ​​more than 300km

The fall takes place on Wednesday, according to CNN. A 28-year-old man, on vacation on the Carnival Cruise Lines cruise ship Carnival Valor, leaves the bar where he is on board with his sister around 11 p.m. to go on deck.

Worried that she will no longer hear from her, her sister warns the crew members the next day. While the man remains untraceable on the liner, the flight crew warns the coast guard Thursday around 2:30 p.m.

A ship from Florida, a helicopter based in New Orleans, as well as planes from Florida and Alabama are mobilized to carry out an operation that promises to be complex. Indeed, the man has been missing for several hours when the emergency services are contacted, the search area therefore extends over more than 300km.

After more than 6 hours of work, the members of a boat announce that they have discovered “a person in the water”.

“Something that will remain engraved in me”

The Coast Guard helicopter was quickly dispatched to the scene. He picks up the survivor and transports him to the emergency room of a New Orleans airport.

“He was able to give his name and confirm that he was the person who fell overboard,” Lt. Seth Gross, search coordinator, told CNN. The exact circumstances of his fall are still unknown.

Rescuers said they rarely heard of anyone who had survived in the water for so long. “It is not something that can be taken for granted and it is certainly something that will remain engraved in me”, assured Seth Gross who praised the “will to live” of the miraculous.

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