A crew member who had fallen overboard from a Norwegian Cruise Line ship was rescued by a Carnival Cruise Line ship over the weekend.
According to a statement from Carnival provided to Travel Agent, the 33-year-old crew member had been reported missing by Norwegian Cruise Line on Saturday after he had fallen overboard from the Norwegian Getaway. A hotel steward onboard the Carnival Glory spotted the man at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday while he was drifting in the water approximately 21 miles north of Cuba. The steward notified bridge officers, who quickly started rescue operations, including reducing speed, reversing course and lowering a lifeboat to retrieve the man.
The crew member was picked up at approximately 2:15 p.m. EDT, and he is now being treated by the Carnival Glory’s shipboard medical team.
“This is nothing short of miraculous,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Kudos to the Carnival Glory team for this amazing effort to rescue a fellow seafarer.”
“We are so happy to know that the individual is safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family,” a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line tells Travel Agent. “We are also extremely grateful to Carnival Cruise Line and send our deepest thanks to the crew of Carnival Glory.”
Carnival has published an interview with the Carnival Glory’s captain and safety officer discussing the rescue, which can be viewed here: