Man, 28, found ALIVE 15 hours after falling overboard Carnival Cruise ship could tell rescuers his name and was suffering from hypothermia, shock, and dehydration, rescuer reveals

  • The male passenger, 28, was rescued by the US Coast Guard in the Gulf of Mexico on Thanksgiving Day after going missing 
  • He was found by the Coast Guard around 8.30pm and was showing signs of hypothermia, shock, and dehydration. He was unable to say when he fell 
  • The man was last seen in the ship’s bar with his sister before he left to use the restroom around 11pm on Wednesday and did not return
  • His sister waited until noon the next day to report him missing, which proved complicated for the Coast Guard due to the ‘time difference’ 
  • ‘We have not been able to confirm when he entered the water…He realistically could have been in the water for 15+ hours,’ the Coast Guard said 
  • The cruise was on way to Mexico from New Orleans, where the sea is about 70F 
  • The man, who was not identified, was found responsive and taken back to New Orleans for treatment and is in stable condition 
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The missing Carnival Cruise passenger was found by the US Coast Guard showing signs of hypothermia and shock after potentially being in the water for more than 15 hours, rescuers say. 

The unidentified man, 28, was found alive and in stable conditions in the Gulf of Mexico after falling overboard the Carnival Valor cruise ship following a night of drinking and could have been in the water for up to 21.5 hours. 

He was rescued by the US Coast Guard (USCG) on Thanksgiving Day at 8.25pm, roughly 20 miles south of the Southwest Pass in Louisiana, not far from where the ship took off in New Orleans on its journey to Mexico. 

Lieutenant Seth Gross, of the USCG New Orleans branch, said they found the man suffering from hypothermia, shock, and dehydration. 

He was unable to tell officers how he fell overboard but was able to confirm it had been him and gave them his name. His identity has not been publicly released. 

The man was airlifted to New Orleans and is being treated at the hospital.  

He was last seen at the Carnival Valor’s bar with his sister before he left to use the restroom at around 11pm on Wednesday and did not return. His sister waited until noon the next day to report him missing, according to KPLC 7.

The ship was thoroughly searched, but he was nowhere to be found. Crews called the Coast Guard around 2.30pm. 

Lieutenant Seth Gross (pictured) said they found the missing Carnival Cruise passenger, whose identity has not been released, suffering from hypothermia, shock, and dehydration. The man was unable to tell them when he fell off the boat, but is in stable condition 

The male passenger was found in the Gulf of Mexico on Thanksgiving Day after going missing from the Carnival Valor (pictured in September). He was last seen at the bar with his sister before he left to use the restroom around 11pm and did not return. His sister waited until noon the next day to report him missing

‘We have not been able to confirm when he entered the water, so we’re under the assumption [that] any point from Wednesday on, he could have entered the waterway,’ Gross told CNN. 

‘He realistically could have been in the water for 15+ hours before we were able to successfully rescue him.’  

The ship had backtracked toward New Orleans to support the US Coast Guard, before returning on its path to Cozumel, Mexico, after being released from the search. 

The man was spotted by another vessel and picked up by helicopter roughly 20 miles south of the Southwest Pass in Louisiana at 8.25pm. 

The boat was on its way from New Orleans to Cozumel when the man went overboard

Timeline:

Wednesday 11pm: The man is last seen at the bar with his sister 

Thursday 12pm: Sister reports him missing to crew staff

12-2.30pm: Crew searches for the man and cannot find him

2.30pm: US Coast Guard received a call and Carnival Valor begins backtracking toward New Orleans 

Unspecific time: Ship is released from search by the Coast Guard 

8.25pm: He is spotted by another vessel and rescued by the Coast Guard via helicopter 

Total time missing: 21.5 hours 

It is unclear how long he spent in the sea. The temperature of the water near New Orleans is about 70 degrees. 

Gross said the rescue mission was complicated ‘given the time difference from when he was last seen to when the Coast Guard received notification.’ 

They sent out an emergency message to all mariners in the Gulf and ‘launched all available resources,’ which included a small boat, helicopter, and airplanes that covered 200 miles of an ‘active search’ area. 

‘Time was paramount,’ Gross told CNN.  

Carnival provided support to his family while he was missing. His family remains onboard the cruise ship and Gross said he spoke with them. 

Throughout his 17-year career, Gross said this mission was ‘unlike anything I’ve been a part of.’ 

‘I think this blows normalcy out of the water here,’ Gross told the outlet. ‘The will to live is something you have to account for in every search and rescue case.

‘This is one of the absolutely longest I’ve heard about and one of those Thanksgiving miracles.’ 

Mike Anderson, who was a passenger on the ship, said he saw cruise staff searching for the man and heard announcements about a missing person. 

‘[I] noticed security starting to search the boat with a photo of the missing [passenger] in their phones,’ he told CNN. 

Carnival told DailyMail.com in a statement on Friday: ‘We greatly appreciate the efforts of all, most especially the US Coast Guard and the mariner who spotted the guest in the water.’ 

The ship will sail to Progreso, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, before returning to the States on Monday. 

The five-day cruise started in New Orleans before arriving in Cozumel by day three. The next day passengers visit another port before returning to Louisiana. 

The man was transported back to New Orleans on a helicopter (pictured) 

Earlier this year, a woman, 32, jumped overboard after breaking away from security. 

Footage shows three security guards on the Carnival Valor holding the frantic woman’s arms behind her back. She was not handcuffed, despite prior claims from passengers.

She was heard screaming out the name ‘Alicia’ as the guards helped her up a flight of stairs and off of the pool deck after an alleged hot tub incident.

Shortly after being escorted off the deck, the 32-year-old woman allegedly broke free from the guards and jumped off the tenth floor of the ship and into the ocean.

 Earlier this year, a woman, 32, (pictured) jumped overboard after breaking away from security

Shortly after being escorted off the deck, the 32-year-old woman allegedly broke free from the guards and jumped off the tenth floor of the ship and into the ocean.  A passenger claimed they saw ‘blood and jerking motions’ after she went overboard

Her leap was not shown in the video, but passengers told Fox 8 that she hit the side of the boat before hitting the water face first.

Shocked passengers are seen rushing to the edge of ship as crew tossed life preservers and flares to mark her position in the water. The passengers claim the woman disappeared soon after. 

A passenger claimed they saw ‘blood and jerking motions’ after she went overboard.  

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