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He fell off the passenger liner and survived 24 hours before being rescued

He fell off the passenger liner and survived 24 hours before being rescued

Rescuers didn’t have to look long to find the title for this delightful story. “Thanksgiving Miracle”, a hint A party that brings Americans together every fourth Thursday in NovemberIt happened this week in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Wednesday, November 23, around 11 pm, a 28-year-old man went missing from the liner. Carnival valueIt was en route to Mexico from New Orleans, Louisiana (USA).

A large search area

His sister, who was traveling with him on this giant ocean liner (290 meters long, 110,000 tons, nearly 3,000 passengers), gave the warning at noon the next day.

But many calls through speakers Carnival value The passenger, who had spent the evening at one of the ship’s bars, could not be found. For good reason, the man fell into the water in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.

On Thursday November 24, early afternoon, the liner was chartered Festival cruise lines A 200-nautical-mile wide search was set up by boat, helicopters and planes and a missing report was reported to the Coast Guard.

In shock

At 8:25 p.m., more than 21 hours after the passenger disappeared, the total carrier Grinnis After swimming in 21 degree Celsius water, he was airlifted in no time.

“He was able to give his name and confirm that he was the person who fell into the water.”said Lt. Seth Cross of the United States Coast Guard CNN. “He showed signs of hypothermia, shock, dehydration.” And “He didn’t really make it clear as to why he fell overboard or the exact time.”he added.

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“will to live”

“The fact that he was able to stay above the surface of the water for so long will definitely be etched in my memory.”said the Coast Guard. “This shows that the will to live is something to consider in all cases of search and rescue. »

The good news was conveyed to the passengers on the liner on Thursday evening. The survivor was taken to a Louisiana hospital and was listed in stable condition Friday. A real miracle.