MIAMI, Florida: On Thanksgiving day, a passenger who went overboard from a cruise ship, the Carnival Valor in the Gulf of Mexico, was rescued, stated the U.S. Coast Guard.
The 28-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was reported missing at noon November 24 while the ship was heading to Cozumel, Mexico.
The Coast Guard launched search and rescue crews that afternoon and alerted nearby ships.
A cargo ship later saw a person in the water. some 20 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana and the mouth of the Mississippi River, said Coast Guard Lt. Seth Gross.
He added that after the man was hoisted into a helicopter about 8:25 p.m., the man confirmed he was the missing cruise ship passenger.
In an interview with WWL-TV, Gross said, "He appeared to be suffering from mild hypothermia, shock, dehydration, but his condition overall appeared stable."
The rescue was "a miracle, especially on a holiday like Thanksgiving," he added, noting that the man was taken for medical care.
In a statement, Carnival Cruise Line said, "We greatly appreciate the efforts of all, most especially the U.S. Coast Guard and the mariner who spotted the guest in the water.