Cruise ship worker treads water for 22 hours before being rescued

Geraldine Edwards
July 4, 2018

"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.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, told the Herald the rescue was "nothing short of miraculous".

"Kudos to the Carnival Glory team for this unbelievable effort to rescue a fellow seafarer", Duffy said.

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The crew member was seen falling overboard from the Norwegian Cruise Line Ship (pictured) on Saturday afternoon.

The next day, a hotel steward aboard the Carnival Glory spotted the man in the water around 1 p.m. ET about 21 miles north of Cuba, Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement.

The Coast Guard dispatched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane to aid the search within 10 minutes of receiving the missing report.

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A cruise ship worker who fell overboard survived 22 hours in the water before being picked up by another vessel. The ship was sailing from her last port of call in Cozumel towards the homeport in Miami, Florida with a scheduled arrival back on July 1.

The Coast Guard suspended the search on Saturday night after hours of searching.

The Coast Guard said guardsmen rescued Robert Petersen, 66, of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI). Carnival spokeswoman AnnMarie Matthews said the 33-year-old man didn't have any safety device on and that they "can only surmise that he was likely treading water the entire time". "The Coast Guard was notified and a search and rescue operation ensued near western Cuba". His identity is yet to be revealed.

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Image: The Carnival Glory continued on to Mexico.

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