Carnival Valor passenger who fell overboard rescued and in stable condition

Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 9:18 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2022 at 7:23 PM CST
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New Orleans (KPLC) - A passenger was found alive in the water after he was reported missing from the Carnival Valor on Thanksgiving Day.

The Carnival Valor crew attempted a search and rescue of the 28-year-old man who had fallen overboard from the Gulf cruise the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 23 but was unable to locate him.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and later received a tip from the bulk carrier CRINIS who had seen a person in the water about 20 miles south of the Southwest Pass. An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew stationed in New Orleans was dispatched and pulled the man from the water shortly after.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew was able to transfer the man to shore where he received medical attention and is currently listed in stable condition.

“We are beyond grateful that this case ended with a positive outcome,” said Lt. Seth Gross, a Sector New Orleans search and rescue mission coordinator. “It took a total team effort from Coast Guard watchstanders, response crews, and our professional maritime partners operating in the Gulf of Mexico to locate the missing individual and get him to safety. If not for the alert crew aboard the motor vessel Crinis, this case could have had a much more difficult ending.”