Passenger Goes Overboard on Cruise Ship, Gets Rescued by Crew

October 28, 2011

(11:30 a.m. EDT) -- A man who went overboard early this morning on P&O Cruises' Ventura was pulled to safety by fast-thinking crewmembers, according to multiple U.K. news sources.

The 116,000-ton, 3,080-passenger ship -- en route from Madeira, Portugal, to the Caribbean -- launched three lifeboats in the rescue effort, and crewmembers were able to locate the man, who was pulled aboard wearing only his underpants.

"We got woken up at about 5:30 a.m. with the horns blowing and the Tannoy calling 'man overboard, man overboard,'" passenger Julie Lourens tells the London Evening Standard. "Search lights were beamed out into the water ... The boat looped back to where the lights were focused, and people heard shouting and they actually managed to get him in."

P&O says the man is in stable condition in the ship's medical center, but no additional details have been released about the incident.

Ventura is currently sailing a 15-night transatlantic cruise that departed last Friday.

Rescues are somewhat rare in overboard situations. We last reported on a rescue in June, when a Norwegian Spirit passenger who went overboard was recovered and returned safely to the ship. The vessel was transiting the Mississippi at the time on a New Orleans-to-Caribbean voyage.

--by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Editorial Assistant