‘Miracle’: Missing cruise passenger found in water – Boston News, Weather, Sports

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a passenger who fell overboard from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued on Thanksgiving after likely being in the water for hours.

The 28-year-old man was reported missing Thursday afternoon as the ship, the Carnival Valor, headed for Cozumel, Mexico. According to Carnival Cruise Line, the man was in a bar with his sister at 11 p.m. Wednesday and went to the bathroom. His sister reported him missing the next day after the man failed to return to his cabin.

The Coast Guard launched search and rescue teams Thursday afternoon and alerted vessels nearby to be vigilant.

Lt. Coast Guard Seth Gross said a cargo ship later saw a person in the water about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, and the mouth of the Mississippi River. Gross said the man confirmed he was the missing cruise ship passenger after he was lifted into a helicopter around 8:25 p.m. Thursday.

“He appeared to be suffering from mild hypothermia, shock and dehydration, but his condition appeared to be stable overall,” Gross told WWL-TV, adding the man was taken for medical attention.

Gross called the rescue “a miracle, especially on holidays like Thanksgiving.”

In a statement, Carnival said, “We greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone, particularly the U.S. Coast Guard and the sailor who spotted the guest in the water.”

The man’s name was not released.

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