Posted on July 03, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

A Norwegian Cruise Line crew member who went overboard near Cuba Saturday was found alive 22 hours later by a Carnival Cruise Line ship.

Carnival Glory Captain and Safety Officer discuss rescue at sea.

At around 3:20 on Saturday 30th June, the Norwegian Gateway was transiting 28 miles northwest of Pinar del Rio, when the ship told the US Coast Guard that a 33-year-old crew member had fallen overboard. 

The Coastguard was able to alert an HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane out of Miami, which began searching less than 10 minutes later.

The search was successful and the crew member was found alive at around 1pm on Sunday, 22 hours after falling in to the ocean. He was found 21 miles north of Cuba by the Carnival Glory, which left Miami on Saturday.

“This is nothing short of miraculous,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Kudos to the Carnival Glory team for this amazing effort to rescue a fellow seafarer.”

The Getaway, which left Miami June 24 for an eight-day cruise, returned to Miami on Sunday. The Glory headed for Cozumel as its seven-day cruise continued.

"We are so happy to know that the individual is safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family. We are also extremely grateful to Carnival Cruise Line and send our deepest thanks to the crew of Carnival Glory," said a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line in an email.

The crew member has yet to be identified.

ARX Maritime have developed a "man over board" (MOB) device that sends an instant alert to the bridge if any of the crew or passengers fall in to the water. For more information on this and our other safety products please contact us at or on +44 1313170048. 

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