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Woman taking selfie falls overboard from cruise ship

March 15, 2018 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

People cried and prayed for a miracle after a woman on the top deck of a large cruise ship, who was apparently taking a selfie with her family, toppled overboard, fell 15 storeys and disappeared into the ocean at night in rough seas.

Through divine intervention or profoundly good luck, she survived and was rescued by the cruise crew.

The woman, aged 53, is said to have been taking a selfie when she plunged off the giant Norwegian Epic off the Bahamas.

The ship (330 metres long with 19 decks) stopped and dispatched rescue lifeboats, while horrified passengers listened to the woman’s shouts and screams from the water.

After more than an hour, the ship’s captain made an announcement that brought cheers, applause and tears of relief: “We found the person in the water, and she was picked up. She is now in the hospital, so everything is good there.”

An issued statement from the cruise company added later: “After recovery, the guest was taken to the onboard medical facility for evaluation.  It has been reported that they are in a stable condition.  The ship arrived in Port Canaveral this morning as scheduled. The guest immediately disembarked to receive any additional medical attention necessary on shore.  We are thankful that our team reacted quickly and was able to rescue the guest.”

Falling overboard from a cruise ship is very difficult and going overboard in rough seas at night is usually fatal.

An earlier case of someone doing that, and surviving, involved passenger Sarah Kirby, who went overboard off the coast of Jamaica several years ago. Infrared cameras captured her fall as she hit a lifeboat before plunging into choppy waters. Kirby trod water for 90 minutes and was finally rescued.

There’s a short video (90 seconds) of that here:

Written by Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    Anyone who has been on a cruise ships knows you cannot just accidentally fall overboard. The railings are much too high. At the very least she would have had to climb up on to the top railing in order to perch herself there for the selfie, despite warnings giver at every boat drill that nobody must ever do this. She is just so lucky to survive. These days, if you survive the fall into the water, the azimuth pod propellers will finish the job. And even surviving that, it take a considerable amount of time to stop a ship, launch a rescue craft and search through the waves for a tiny spot of life. I just hope that this woman doesn’t try to sue the cruiseline, as the videoed woman did. Clearly both women were the direct cause of their falls. Heaven forbid the day when cruise ships have to be fully enclosed to save some bimbo from her own drunkedness or stupidity.

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