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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/25/cruise-passenger-overboard-gulf-of-mexico-rescued

In what some officials were hailing as a “Thanksgiving miracle” a passenger was rescued from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday evening after falling overboard from a cruise ship, the US coast guard (USCG) announced.

At 8.25pm on Thursday, the coast guard located a 28-year-old man in the sea about 20 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, after he apparently fell overboard the New Orleans-to-Mexico Carnival Valor cruise ship on Wednesday evening.

In a statement to CNN, Carnival officials said the man was reported missing on Thanksgiving Day after he walked away from his sister at an onboard bar the night before at 11pm – likely to use the bathroom.

He never returned, prompting his sister to alert staff members the next day. CNN reports that numerous announcements were made throughout the ship for the man to check in with guest service, but to no avail.

At around 2.30pm on Thursday, the cruise ship alerted the coast guard about the missing passenger.

“Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from the Carnival Valor at approximately 2.30pm Thursday, reporting a passenger aboard the cruise ship was missing. Watchstanders then coordinated the launch of several rescue crews to begin searching,” the coast guard said in a statement.

The rescue crews included a boat from Venice, Florida, a New Orleans-based helicopter, as well as airplanes from Clearwater, Florida and Mobile, Alabama, Lt Seth Gross, a USCG search and rescue coordinator told CNN.

The 200-plus-mile search was made complicated by the time difference between when the passenger was last seen and when the Coast Guard was alerted. “We knew that communication with the mariners in the Gulf of Mexico was going to be critical, Gross said.

Six hours later, crew members from the vessel Crinis discovered “a person in the water”, the USCG said.

The person turned out to be the missing passenger.

Aircrew from the coast guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter promptly “vectored into the area … hoisted the man on to the helicopter and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services at the New Orleans Lakefront airport”, said the USCG.

“He was able to identify his name, confirmed that he was the individual that fell overboard,” Gross told CNN. “He was showing signs of hypothermia, shock, dehydration” but was reported to be in stable condition by the coast guard late Friday morning.

“The fact that he was able to keep himself afloat and above the surface of the water for such an extended period of time, it’s just something you can’t take for granted and certainly something that’ll stick with me forever,” Gross said, adding that the water temperature on Thursday night in the gulf was just slightly above 70F (21C).

Gross added: “The will to live is something you have to account for in every search and rescue case. This is one of the absolutely longest [times in the water] I’ve heard about and one of those Thanksgiving miracles.”


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If I’m that drunk, I’m not going near the rails of a ship.



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Originally Posted by jackmountain
If I’m that drunk, I’m not going near the rails of a ship.

Guess if you’re that drunk you can survive a 70’ drop into the sea and float like a corked bottle until rescued.

I would be completely annihilated on liquor after this.

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Originally Posted by jackmountain
If I’m that drunk, I’m not going near the rails of a ship.

It's pretty hard to fall up and over a rail.

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Originally Posted by PaulBarnard
Originally Posted by jackmountain
If I’m that drunk, I’m not going near the rails of a ship.

It's pretty hard to fall up and over a rail.
Hold my beer and watch this?

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Originally Posted by PaulBarnard
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If I’m that drunk, I’m not going near the rails of a ship.

It's pretty hard to fall up and over a rail.
Not that tough when you are standing on the rail to piss over the side.


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Just how fat was this guy? Bobbing along like a cork in the Atlantic isn’t for those without a life preserver or low BMI!

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Originally Posted by PaulBarnard
Originally Posted by jackmountain
If I’m that drunk, I’m not going near the rails of a ship.

It's pretty hard to fall up and over a rail.

Whoever helped him with that is sweating bullets.

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Originally Posted by Ben_Lurkin
Just how fat was this guy? Bobbing along like a cork in the Atlantic isn’t for those without a life preserver or low BMI!

Insulation woulda helped also.

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sounds like a Hallmark movie.....


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Originally Posted by PaulBarnard
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If I’m that drunk, I’m not going near the rails of a ship.

It's pretty hard to fall up and over a rail.

Agreed!! 100%!!


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There is a lot that we don't know about this story.

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Originally Posted by jackmountain
If I’m that drunk, I’m not going near the rails of a ship.

When I’ve been that drunk I didn’t have a choice….😂


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Originally Posted by simonkenton7
There is a lot that we don't know about this story.

The one thing that we do know however is that the guy was NOT black.

Everyone knows that black guys can’t swim just like white guys can’t jump.


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Originally Posted by Ben_Lurkin
Just how fat was this guy?

I have never been on a cruise nor have I ever met anyone who could run fast enough to hand me a free one, but I have seen pictures and every single person in them was laughably fat and so was the person who showed them to me.

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Originally Posted by Ben_Lurkin
Just how fat was this guy? Bobbing along like a cork in the Atlantic isn’t for those without a life preserver or low BMI!

Gulf of Mexico....but I heard he was treading water per the am radio News piece

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When I was at Ga. Tech we had to take a course called "Drownproofing." To pass you had to jump into the swimming pool with clothes on and tread water for an hour.
If you flunked, they kicked you out of school. Seriously.
It was just treading water, laying on your belly, only breathing in about once every 30 seconds using as little energy as possible.
This deal in the Gulf is exactly what Drownproofing was for.

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In several of the advanced lifeguarding and rescue swimming training I took and taught we had to hold a 10 pound brick over our head while treading water. If I recall correctly it was 10 pounds for 10 minutes and floating on your back was not acceptable. You had to actually tread water using only your legs….typically in an egg-beater pattern that once you got the technique down it wasn’t hard.

That was one requirement that washed a lot of guys out, they couldn’t tread water effectively without using their hands.


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Ya gotta lean way out so as to not foul the ship's side with your puke....


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