Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from the Carnival Valor at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday, reporting a passenger aboard the cruise ship was missing. Watchstanders then coordinated the launch of several SAR crews to begin searching.
The rescue helicopter aircrew was vectored into the area by the bulk carrier CRINIS who had observed a person in the water. The MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew hoisted the man onto the helicopter and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
“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.”
The man was last reported in stable condition.
Involved in the search were:
- A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew
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