Search on for cruise member who went overboard near Cuba

A photo shows those who rescued the man, and cell phone video captured passengers cheering as he was brought on board.

"This is nothing short of miraculous", Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line told the Miami Herald. She praised the crewmembers who found the man, lauding their "amazing effort to rescue a fellow seafarer".

Coast Guard officials said the 33-year-old Filipino crew member was seen going overboard on the Norwegian Getaway on Saturday about 28 miles northwest of Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

He was listed in stable condition, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Norwegian Cruise Line crew member apparently treaded water for nearly 22 hours before being spotted in the waters off Cuba by the crew of a passing Carnival Cruise ship. "He was alright, but was obviously distressed from being in the water for so long".

Both the Glory and the Getaway were on cruises out of Miami.

On Sunday morning, the Coast Guard said that shortly after 3 p.m. The ship had been halted during the search, leading to a delayed itinerary. An HC-144 Ocean Sentry plane out of Miami began searching about 10 minutes later, the Coast Guard said. "We feel we have covered the area quite well and unfortunately we could not find anything".

The Getaway returned to Miami from an eight-day cruise on Sunday.

The Coast Guard says one of its cutters and a two aircraft assisted in the search.

"Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, now deployed in the Bahamas", the Coast Guard said.

  • Joey Payne