Cruise Passenger That Allegedly Jumped Off 8th Deck Found After Intense Search

By Samuel Allegri

Spanish officials say that they recovered a body of a passenger that was on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Cadiz.

A large scale search operation was executed in order to find her.

Salvamento Marítimo, also known as The Maritime Safety and Rescue Society said that a cruise passenger had fallen from the 8th deck on Oct. 10 at 10:43 p.m., and that NATO operatives were involved in the search.

Newsweek obtained an email from Costa Cruises that stated that the person involved in the incident was a 75-year-old woman. A Costa Cruises spokesperson said that a witness allegedly saw the unidentified passenger “voluntarily jump from the balcony of their cabin.”

A company spokesperson told the news outlet via email that:

“Costa Cruises regrets to confirm that on October 10 night while Costa Pacifica was sailing between Funchal and Malaga, a 75 year-old female passenger was reported overboard.”

“Upon information received, the captain immediately turned around to search the location and alerted local search and rescue personnel. The ship was alerted by the guest’s cabin mate, who witnessed the [person] voluntarily jump from the balcony of their cabin. As part of emergency procedures, the crew immediately launched a search and rescue mission.”

The email continued: “As per procedure a review of CCTV footage has also being performed. The search and rescue authorities, who continued on the search operations, released the ship after few hours. The planned arrival to Malaga on Friday morning [was] affected by a delay due to the engagement on search operations under the coordination of the relevant authority.”

“The Costa care team moved to provide full assistance to the travel partner and parents of the missing guest. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers,” it concluded.

The body was found at around 9 a.m. on Oct. 11. on the Gulf of Cadiz.

Man Critically Injured After Falling on Carnival Cruise Ship: Coast Guard

A man was left in critical condition after he fell on a cruise ship off the coast of Louisiana on Oct. 8.

A 23-year-old man fell about 16 feet on the ship, prompting a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew to arrive on the scene near Venice, Louisiana, KATC reported.

The man was taken from the Carnival Valor to a New Orleans hospital in critical condition, said the Coast Guard in a news release.

“Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a request at 1:14 a.m. for the medevac,” for a man with “multiple significant injuries after he fell aboard,” the Coast Guard stated.

An Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducts a hoist of a 23-year-old man aboard the cruise ship, Carnival Valor, who fell approximately 16 feet. The patient was transferred to New Orleans University Hospital in critical condition on Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard)

“A 23-year-old male guest sailing on Carnival Valor was injured and, after being evaluated by the ship’s medical team, it was determined that he required further evaluation and treatment,” Carnival said in a statement about the matter. “He was airlifted off the ship via helicopter and transferred to a shoreside medical facility. We can confirm that the guest did not fall in the water but rather was injured on deck.”

It is not clear why the man fell during the cruise.

The patient was transferred to New Orleans University Hospital in critical condition on Oct. 8, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The ship was about 65 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico, NOLA reported.

The report said that the man was on board the Carnival Valor, which can carry almost 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crew members.

The Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.