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Coast Guard rescue a Carnival Valor cruise ship passenger near Southwest Pass, La

Coast Guard rescue a Carnival Valor cruise ship passenger near Southwest Pass, La
Archive image: A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk pilot during a flight over New Orleans.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard crews rescue a passenger from cruise ship Carnival Valor approximately 20 nautical miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Thursday evening.

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.​ ​

At 8:25 p.m., a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-60T Jayhawk MRR helicopter aircrew rescued the 28-year-old male who had fallen overboard from the Carnival Valor on Wednesday evening.

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.

The Coast Guard air and maritime crews rescue a cruise ship passenger from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, approximately 20 nautical miles offshore from Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Nov. 24, 2022.
The man was responsive when rescued and last reported in stable condition.
U.S. Coast Guard video by U.S. Coast Guard Station New Orleans.
U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area.
U.S. Coast Guard Heartland.
Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
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“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.

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