A crew member who had fallen overboard from a Norwegian Cruise Line ship was rescued by a Carnival Cruise Line ship over the weekend.
Coast Guard dispatched planes and a cutter that searched more than 1,630 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a video posted on Carnival's website, the ship's Captain Pero Grubjesic said his ship was "enroute from Miami to Cozumel when several crew members and guests spotted a person floating in the water about 20 miles north of Cuba".
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Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, released a statement that reads in part, "This is nothing short of miraculous". She praised the crewmembers who found the man, lauding their "amazing effort to rescue a fellow seafarer". The Coast Guard was alerted and started searching for him.
We're sure there's a great survival story here and at some point it will come out. The Norwegian Getaway also conducted a search before continuing its voyage to Miami.
The Norwegian Getaway was returning to Miami from an eight-day cruise when the worker went overboard Saturday.
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The crew member, who has not been identified, was in stable condition.
In a statement, Norwegian said the crew member will soon be reunited with friends and family.
The man had been in the water about 22 hours after going overboard and was found about 21 miles north of Cuba. His identity is yet to be revealed.
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