In a statement, NCL said the passenger went over at approximately 8 p.m., some three hours after the ship departed from New Orleans. At the time, Norwegian Spirit was transiting the Mississippi River en route to a seven-day Western Caribbean cruise.
Officers immediately deployed Spirit's rescue boat, and the passenger was recovered and returned safely back to the ship. The medical team onboard attended to his injuries and arrangements were made to disembark the guest for further treatment. Spirit's Western Caribbean cruise is on schedule.
The circumstances surrounding the event are unclear.
Rescues are somewhat rare in overboard situations. We last reported on a rescue in 2009, when a passenger who went overboard from Carnival Inspiration survived by hugging a pilot marker in a shipping channel. The man told authorities that he climbed up on a railing to get a better view of the pilot boat when he slipped and fell overboard.
--by Dan Askin, News Editor