February 6, 2023

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Thanksgiving miracle: Fell from cruise ship, said to have spent 15 hours in water

Thanksgiving miracle: Fell from cruise ship, said to have spent 15 hours in water

A story fit for a Hollywood film takes place on a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the early hours after the Carnival Waller left New Orleans on Wednesday, a brother and sister visited the ship’s bar.

Around 11 p.m., the 28-year-old got up to go to the bathroom, according to a statement from a Carnival spokesperson provided to CNN.

He never came back.

The sister reported her brother missing around noon the day after US Thanksgiving Day, according to a statement seen by CNN.

Calls were made over the cruise ship’s loudspeakers asking the missing passenger to report to customer service, passenger Mike Anderson told CNN.

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The cruise lines also “notice security officers searching the boat with a photo of the missing passenger on their phone.”

At 2pm, the last call was made to ask passengers to report to customer service.

Passengers were informed that arrival at the port of Cozumel, Mexico was delayed.

According to Mike Anderson, the cruise ship turned around.

“Carnival Valor has returned to assist with search and rescue operations,” a company spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

Around 2:30 p.m., the Coast Guard received a call for a missing passenger from the ship.

A search operation has begun in water and air.

A warning has been issued to all mariners in the Gulf of Mexico.

The search spanned more than 200 miles (320 km), Lt. Seth Gross, search and rescue coordinator for the US Coast Guard, told CNN.

According to the lieutenant, the water temperature on Thursday was around 21 degrees Celsius.

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Then, a miracle happened: 32 km south of Southwest Pass, one of the channels at the mouth of the Mississippi River, at 8:25 pm the crew of the bulk carrier found the 28-year-old. Louisiana.

The survivor did not give details about the cause of his fall and the exact moment he fell.

Rescue officials estimate that he may have spent more than 15 hours in the water.

“The fact that he was able to float and hold on to water for that long is something you don’t take for granted and certainly concerns me. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life,” Lt. Gross said. CNN.