Two passengers on Grand Princess, which just pulled out of Galveston Saturday for a week-long cruise, went overboard from their balcony cabin -- and were rescued.
According to a statement from Princess Cruises, it was about 1:30 a.m. and the ship was 150 miles off the coast of Galveston when a fellow passenger reported that the two, a 22-year-old man and 20-year-old woman, had plummeted, it turns out, some 50 ft. into the water. The ship immediately stopped, went into emergency search mode, and launched rescue boats. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and sent a helicopter.
One passenger was rescued at 5:30 a.m., the other a half hour later. Both are reportedly fine and being examined, as a precaution, by the ship's medical team.
What's not answered of course is how they managed to "fall" overboard and whether they'll stay onboard through the rest of the cruise -- or be put off at the first port of call.
And speaking of ports of call, though the ship is scheduled to be at sea today, there's no word on whether the delay will impact its itinerary this week; Tuesday, Grand Princess is slated to visit Costa Maya. Other calls include Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel before Grand Princess returns to Galveston on Saturday.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor
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What's In the Water? Another Successful Overboard Rescue!
March 26, 2007