A 28-year-old man who fell from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday evening was found alive almost a day later by the Coast Guard more than 30 kilometers from the US coast. One of the rescuers involved, who spoke of a “miracle on Thanksgiving Day,” says it’s very rare for someone to survive after such a long time.
The man was with his sister on the Carnival Valor cruise ship, which left New Orleans on Wednesday. The man disappeared around 11 p.m. that evening, but his sister did not report him missing until about 12 p.m. the next day, a spokesperson for the shipping company said. CNN. At 2:30 p.m., the Coast Guard was called in and a search for the drowned man was carried out all over the Gulf of Mexico with helicopters, planes, and boats.
Pictures posted by the US Coast Guard on Twitter on Friday show a helicopter sighting a man drowning in the sea on Thursday night. After identifying him, it was found that he was the missing man, who showed signs of hypothermia, shock and dehydration, but his condition was stable.
Rescue worker Seth Gross, who coordinated the search, told CNN the man was unable to provide details on how or why he fell from the ship. Gross says he’s never seen anything like this in his 17-year career. “This shows that the will to live is something that must be considered in any rescue operation, because it can exceed all expectations.”