VIDEO: Passenger who fell from cruise ship in Gulf of Mexico found alive after 15 hours at sea

Rescued passenger who fell from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico/Photo: Screenshot

A passenger who went missing from a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico has been rescued after spending more than 15 hours at sea, the US Coast Guard said.

The 28-year-old man was at the Carnival Valor bar with his sister on Wednesday night but did not return after going to the bathroom.

Several rescue teams searched the area and the man was finally spotted Thursday evening, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast. They say he is in stable condition.

"I've never seen anything like it in my career."

A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant colonel said the passenger had been in the water for more than 15 hours, the longest he had ever heard of, and he considered it a miracle. Speaking to CNN, he said he had never seen anything like it in his 17-year career. "The happy outcome shows that the will to live must be considered in every search and every rescue," he added.

It is not yet clear how the passenger fell into the water from the cruise ship.

The BBC recalls that in 2018, a 46-year-old British woman was rescued 10 hours after falling from a cruise ship in the Adriatic Sea. Then it was written how she told the lifeguard that it helped her to be in shape, to do yoga and to stop feeling cold in the water - she sang.

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