A cruise passenger missing at sea for more than seven hours after jumping through a cabin window has been rescued, according to USA Today's cruise blogger.
The Carnival Glory passenger jumped through a cabin window and went overboard early this morning, just before 1 a.m.; he was found alive by the U.S. Coast Guard at about 8:45 a.m. about 30 miles east of Ft. Lauderdale. According to a Carnival Cruise Lines statement, he was transfered to a shoreside medical facility for treatment.
The ship was 30 miles east of Ft. Lauderdale when, according to a witness in the cabin, the man ran through the cabin window and plunged approximately 60 ft. into the water. The witness also reported that the passenger was intoxicated, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.
The ship notified the Coast Guard of the event at 12:45 a.m., and several Coast Guard cutters (smaller boats) and helicopters had been searching for the man along with Carnival Glory and a Disney ship that was in the area. Glory was released to continue toward its next port (Nassau) at 4:20 a.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard has not released a name but reports that the man was 24 years old; a Carnival spokesman tells us he was actually 35.
The ship was en route to Nassau on a seven-day cruise that departed Port Canaveral on March 10. The vessel will arrive at Nassau later this morning, slightly behind schedule.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor