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Passengers cheer as passing ship rescues cruise ship worker

Crew member fell from ship, spent 22 hours in waters off Cuba

July 03, 2018 - 7:56 am

MIAMI (AP) — Cellphone video captured passengers cheering as a cruise ship worker from another ship was found some 22 hours after going overboard.

Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy calls the rescue "nothing short of miraculous."

The U.S. Coast Guard tells news outlets the 33-year-old crew member went overboard from the Norwegian Getaway on Saturday, some 28 miles (45 kilometers) northwest of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. A cabin steward from the Carnival Glory spotted the crew member in the water around 1:20 p.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard suspended the search on Saturday night after hours of searching.

The Getaway returned to Miami from an eight-day cruise on Sunday. The Glory continued on to Cozumel in the midst of a seven-day cruise.

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