Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Man Overboard Rescue By Norwegian Spirit

About three hours after sailing from New Orleans on Sunday, and while Norwegian Spirit was still making its way down the Mississippi River, a passenger went overboard.

Thankfully, it was still light enough at about 8pm and he was seen going into the river. A boat was immediately deployed by the cruise ship to rescue him. While we are using the masculine "he/him" there is no word on who the passenger is or any additional details about the incident.

Safely back on board, the ship's medical team treated the passenger's injuries until he was disembarked for additional treatment ashore.

Norwegian Spirit is continuing its Western Caribbean cruise itinerary on schedule.


Anonymous said...

It was a male passenger. And from what we were told on the ship the man jumped from a 9th deck balcony. The rescue boats were deployed and the ship stopped and turned around. The man did suffer injuries and was sent to the hospital after being treated onboard after his rescue.

Anonymous said...

The man actually jumped, he didn't fall. The rescue team retrieved him within 4 minutes. The man was stunned by I personally saw him walk back onto the boat. He looked to be in his late 30's. After being treated in medical the man was sent to Venice. I assume that was where he was from.

Linda Coffman, AKA Cruise Diva said...

Hi! Thanks for the update. I appreciate your response.

Best, Linda

Anonymous said...

Few minor points - he jumped from the 7th deck. He was drunk and had been fighting with his girlfriend (or wife?).

The rescue boat was launched in 4 minutes (great response from NCL!) But the first rescue boat was swamped by a passing ship. A second rescue boat was launched who actually retrieved the man I think closer to 40 min. after he jumped. Since the sun was going down, I think he's pretty lucky.

I would like to know what happened to him - charges filed? He not only put himself at risk, but everyone else, too.

Anonymous said...

My family was on the NCL Spirit when the man jumped from the top deck. We were on deck 7 and my 16 year old son tossed a life ring back. It took 40 minutes to get him out of the water and to the medical center. The NCL Spirits crew did a GREAT job for such a rare event.

Anonymous said...

To the poster who commented "rare event" - this seems to happen on every other cruise these days, NOT a rare occurrence. Plus I agree, no one falls from a cruise ship, they jump. Plus the original article missed many facts.

Anonymous said...

People do not fall, they do not simply go overboard- they jump. (albeit foul play could always be a factor) This article was published too soon without concrete facts. This is also not a "rare occurrence" as someone commented, it happens often if you follow the news.