Coast Guard searching for cruise ship worker who fell overboard

Norwegian Getaway

"We saw the cruise ship made a U-turn and started heading back".

A crew member that went overboard on a cruise ship has miraculously been found alive 22 hours later.

Norwegian said in a statement that the Miami-based cruise line is "extremely thankful" to Carnival Cruise Line, also based in Miami.

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

A cruise ship crew member fell overboard and was rescued by another passenger vessel passing by after almost 24 hours at sea.

After searching for nearly 24 hours a hotel steward on Carnival Glory spotted the crew member around 21 miles north of Cuba in the water.

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The U.S. Coast Guard got word of a Norwegian Getaway crew member going overboard on Saturday afternoon around 3:20 p.m. The ship departed Miami yesterday afternoon with today being the first sea day of the voyage.

The US Coast Guard then scoured an area of 1,636 square miles using planes and boats, according to CBSMiami, but failed to find the man.

"Our condolences to the crew member's family", said Lowinger. The agency says it never suspended the search.

We were first notified of the incident when an oncoming guest stated that the Getaway has been delayed because a crew member went overboard. Carnival spokeswoman AnnMarie Matthews said the 33-year-old man didn't have any safety device on and that they "can only surmise that he was likely treading water the entire time". The man's identity has not been revealed, and the circumstances surrounding his fall into the water have not been established.

Image: The Carnival Glory continued on to Mexico.

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