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The US Coast Guard released a video showing James Grimes (28) at sea. © USCG HEARTLAND

A cruise ship passenger has died at sea for more than 20 hours. The 28-year-old wanted to go to the toilet and get up in the water.

New Orleans – After a great search in the Gulf of Mexico, a rescue has been made The Coast Guard rescues a missing cruise passenger from the sea. The 28-year-old fell into the sea the night before Thanksgiving from the US cruise ship Carnival Valor. Alabama man survived more than 20 hours at sea. The authorities speak of a “Thanksgiving miracle.” The rescued cruise passenger does not remember falling off the ship.

Passenger fell off cruise ship: ‘I was in the water and no ship in sight’

James Grimes, 28, said in an interview with the American television station that he did not know how he ended up in the water ABC. The 28-year-old took part in an air guitar competition on the ship. Then he wanted to go to the toilet. This is the last thing he remembers. “Next thing I knew (…) I had regained consciousness. I was in the water and there was no ship in sight,” Grimes said. He appears to have lost consciousness and regained consciousness in the water.

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Alone in the dark, Grimes decides to pull her out of the water. He had a feeling that he had survived falling into the water for some reason. “So now you have to swim and survive. I hoped they would look for me and eventually find me,” says the 28-year-old. “I wanted to see my family and I was determined to get out of there. I would never have accepted that this would be the end of my life. I’m 28 and I’m still young,” Grimes said.

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Grimes was only a few hours aboard the Carnival of Valor with his family. The ship docked in New Orleans on Wednesday for a five-day cruise (United States of America) to Mexico. The young man was on the ship with his sister in a tavern. Grimes said in an interview with ABC that he also had a few drinks but that he wasn’t drunk. His sister did not report him missing until Thanksgiving morning after he failed to return to his cabin that night.

The US Coast Guard released a video showing James Grimes (28) at sea.
The US Coast Guard released a video showing James Grimes (28) at sea. © USCG HEARTLAND

“She scared me…”: The 28-year-old describes rubbing against a creature in the sea

At sea, the 28-year-old not only battled his fatigue, but a strange creature. He can see a fin. “It got me so fast. And I went under and I could see it. And it wasn’t a shark, I guess. But it had a rather flat mouth, and it came up and hit one leg and I kicked it with the other foot. It scared me because I didn’t know what it was…all I could see It’s a fin,” he told ABC.

A little later he saw a “bamboo-like” piece of wood floating in the water. “I chewed on it. That was good.” It was something other than salt water in his mouth. As dusk fell, James Grimes was at the end of his rope. “I was wondering how long I should hold out.”

The US cruise ship Carnival Valor here in a file photo in the port of San Juan (Puerto Rico).
The US cruise ship Carnival Valor here in a file photo in the port of San Juan (Puerto Rico). © Imago

After 20 Hours at Sea: A cruise passenger is rescued from the ocean by the Coast Guard

At 8:25 PM on November 24, a Coast Guard helicopter appeared. The ship’s crew had located the missing passenger 20 miles (about 32 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana. Coast Guard footage shows a man waving in the water. “The J-Hawk crew loaded the man onto the helicopter and transported him to New Orleans Lakefront Airport to await emergency medical service,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

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“We are very grateful that this case ended with a positive outcome,” said the lieutenant. Seth Gross, Coast Guard Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator in New Orleans. The man was in stable condition.

Just a few months ago someone fell off Vacationer in front of Mallorca from a cruise ship. The woman could not be saved. (Ml)


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