Cruise ship worker stable after 22 hours in water

Norwegian crew member who went overboard found alive 22 hours later by Carnival ship Carnival cruise stock

Norwegian crew member who went overboard found alive 22 hours later by Carnival ship Carnival cruise stock

An employee of a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship went overboard Saturday afternoon-only to be rescued by a Carnival Cruise ship almost a full day later, reports the Miami Herald.

'This is nothing short of miraculous, ' Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said, as reported by ABC10. "Kudos to the Carnival Glory team".

The Getaway, which left Miami June 24 for an eight-day cruise, returned to Miami Sunday.

But a cabin steward from the Carnival Glory spotted the crew member in the water around 1:20 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Coast Guard, the crews searched a combined 1,630 square miles.

The staff member was seen falling from the side of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship heading for Miami at about 3.20pm on Saturday, 28 miles north of Cuba. He is in stable condition.

The man went overboard from the Norwegian Getaway on Saturday and the U.S. Coast Guard suspended a search for him Saturday night after looking for hours.

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A crewmember on a Norwegian Cruise Line has been found 22 hours after going overboard while sailing near Cuba.

"Both crew and guests threw life rings to the man while we lowered a life boat to retrieve him from the water", he said.

The Coast Guard said guardsmen rescued Robert Petersen, 66, of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

He added: 'One of the things that the coast guard could never calculate when it comes to in search and rescue is the person's will to live'.

"Our condolences to the crew member's family", said Lowinger.

The Coast Guard said the Carnival Glory's next stop is in Cozumel, Mexico, where the rescued crew member will disembark and head home.

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