A 28-year-old man, passenger of the Carnival Valor ship, who was reported missing by the crew at around 2:30 p.m on Wednesday was rescued alive on Thursday evening by the U.S. Coast Guard about 20 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. He was “responsive but exhibiting hypothermic-like symptoms” and received emergency medical services at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport and was rushed to hospital. He disappeared from the vessel after leaving the bar to use the restroom. It wasn’t immediately clear how the passenger fell overboard. The missing passenger has not been identified. He have been in the water for as long as 15 hours. He was spotted by a mariner on an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
“It took a total team effort from Coast Guard watchstanders, response crews, and our professional maritime partners operating in the Gulf of Mexico to locate the missing individual and get him to safety. If not for the alert crew aboard the motor vessel Crinis, this case could have had a much more difficult ending,” Lt. Seth Gross, a Sector New Orleans search and rescue mission coordinator declared after rescue. Carnival Valor was bound for Cozumel, Mexico. It retraced its route to help with the search before continuing on. Carnival Cruise Lines released a statement thanking the Coast Guard for their help. Carnival has seen other incidents this year.