A Norwegian Cruise Line crew member who went overboard near Cuba Saturday was found 22 hours later by a Carnival Cruise Line ship.
“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.”
Around 3:20 Saturday, the Norwegian Getaway was 28 miles northwest of Pinar del Rio when the ship told the U.S. Coast Guard that a 33-year-old crew member had been seen going overboard. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane out of Miami began searching about 10 minutes later, the Coast Guard said.
The Getaway crew member was found alive around 1 p.m. Sunday 21 miles north of Cuba and in stable condition by the Carnival Glory, which left Miami Saturday. A Glory hotel steward saw a person in the water.
The Getaway, which left Miami June 24 for an eight-day cruise, returned to Miami Sunday. The Glory headed for Cozumel as its seven-day cruise continued.
"We are so happy to know that the individual is safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family. We are also extremely grateful to Carnival Cruise Line and send our deepest thanks to the crew of Carnival Glory," said a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line in an email.
The crew member has yet to be identified.