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What if you fall off the ship?

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jester95008

Guest
#1
I have always been VERY curious to find out what happens if someone gets drunk and flies off the ship while its at sea. I heard a story from one of the employees of Carnival that was telling me how in '96 a lady fell off and drowned. I guess her body was too close to the ship and the propellers did her in too. That's a rough way to go , but he said that the ship turned around and everything to rescue her.
So let me ask everyone this , lets say you fall off in the middle of the night and no ones around to see it? Are there sensors that show the captian that someone flew off? What's the routine if this happens?
 
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Cruzman

Guest
#2
Nope, no sensors. Unless there is an eye witness to notify the bridge immediately, it is unlikely that the individual will ever be seen again. I can think of two recent occasions where this actually occurred; once on the Carnival Celebration, about a year ago, a guy fell off and actually tread water for 21 hours before he was seen by a passing freighter and picked up (he was lucky indeed). About 6 months ago, on the Conquest, a newly married guy fell off his balcony. His body eventually washed ashore. There have been a number of other occasions in which the individual was never found.
 
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lainie

Guest
#3
With the exception of the guy from last year who was able to tread water for forever, unless someone sees you fall and even then, that ship is really speeding along, and especially in the dark of night, you're generally a goner!
 
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PEB

Guest
#4
Cruzman is right unless someone sees you fall off nothing will be done until someone reports you missing. Once they know you are missing they will report an approximate position of where you were last seen and a search will begin but chances are not good you will be found. This does not happen frequently but it has happened.
 
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jester95008

Guest
#5
you've got to be kidding me??? The guy treaded water for a day and didn't get eaten buy sharks? Do you have a link to the article? I'd be interested in reading it.. That must be a pretty scarry thing to go through esp. if your in the middle of nowhere. Plus you start wondering what's underneath you.
 
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Camelia

Guest
#6
that flying off the ship has always been my worst nightmare. Two years ago we went on our first cruise with our 4 year old son, and I could not let him go near the railing. All I could think off was "what if he falls in the water." We just came back from the Sensation, and while looking over the water, I was actually thinking of Elian, the little cuban boy who spent I think it was 2 days on the water, in a tube, before being rescued. I am sure you all remember the story. How scary that must have been.
 
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Sharkin

Guest
#7
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Chances are you won't survive the fall to the water.
 
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pnorth

Guest
#8
Hi, so when did you get back from the Sensation? I am going on that ship in March, first cruise and I am a little nervous. Someone said that it went into dock for cleaning up. Did the ship look in good shape? And I would love to hear what you did on your excursions. Thank you.
 
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JAZZEE76

Guest
#9
I know this is kinda off topic but once when we were in port a guy got tired of waiting in line to "get off the ship" so he went and jumped in.... I never found out what happened although we were close to a girl who said "that prob. was my dad" Does anyone else know of these kind of stories? Do you get in trouble and how hard would it be to get back onto land? Those docks seem really deep? Just curious....
Brandee
 
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jester95008

Guest
#10
Well that guy that jumped off at the dock was just plain crazy and risking his own life for a lousy 2 hour wait.
But if your out in the deep ocean and do that you can be in a world of hurt and is a tough way to go ...
Think about it , say you live the fall off the edge , your still going to have cuts and scrapes which in turn produce blood.... Sharks are attracted to the blood
 
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Baystate

Guest
#11
There was a story of a Norwegian employee who fell off the Norway a year or two back. When she was reported missing they turned the ship around and actually found her. Apparently it just wasn't her time to go. I remember the article saying it was actually quite a while before she was found.

As an aside, I have no idea why anyone would step up on one of the rungs of a railing or if they're tall enough, lean over. Extremely foolhardy if you ask me.
 
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frito

Guest
#12
If you keep your feet on the deck where they belong, drunk or sober, why would you have to even think about falling overboard?
 
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Camelia

Guest
#13
Pnorth - you asked me about the Sensation and excursions. I actually posted my opinion about the Sensation a couple of threads below. To be honest, it has not been my favorite ship, but everybody experiences a cruise differently. We only went to Cozumel, and we took the Xcaret excursion, a very nice park. Like with all excursions booked through the ship, you have the advantage of not worrying how to get there and back, but they never give you enough time to enjoy the place you go to. Another couple on our table took some jeep-beach trip, that made it sound like they would go through the jungle. They said the just drove along the highway, and then only got 1 hour at the beach. They were very disappointed.
 
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jano

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The story about the guy treading water is true. I read it in the paper and on the news column at Cruise Addicts...He only remembers drinking; being in the Casino, talking to 2 ladies...and bam..he woke up in the water..dark...he tread water and at dawn he tried to wave at passing ships..that did not see him...he then saw a ship about a mile off and he took off his yellow shirt and waved it...and was seen. He was not attacked by fish or sharks...just plain lucky...over 20 hrs...
Stay off the booze and the rails...
 
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CruiseRookie

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#15
Here's the link and story. Amazing!

http://www.lsj.com/news/local/030419carnival_1a-7a.html


Tim Sears has been away from his religion since graduating from high school.

But after falling overboard from a Carnival cruise ship and treading water for about 17 hours in the Gulf of Mexico, he has a renewed spirit.

"It's definitely brought me closer to my core beliefs," the 31-year-old Lansing man said Friday. "It softened me up because I was real hard toward religion and the church for a while."

Sears, a sound engineer, and his friend boarded Carnival's Celebration ship in Galveston, Texas on Saturday evening.

But his five-day cruise was cut short.

Nine hours after eating dinner, downing a few drinks and partying in the ship's casino, Sears fell about six stories into the middle of the Gulf.

He says he doesn't know how he went overboard. The last thing he remembers is walking with two women while searching for his friend.

After splashing into the water, Sears became unconscious. He awakened and began swimming for his life.

"I was in the casino and the next thing I know, I was in the water," Sears said. "It's a total blank in my mind."

It was pitch black, the water was calm, the full moon was bright and there was no land nearby.

Still, Sears says he remained calm.

"I did a lot of backstrokes and side strokes. I was constantly moving my legs," he said.

Daylight finally came and Sears saw ships passing by. He tried swimming toward them and getting their attention, but nobody saw him in the water about 50 miles off the shore.

"It's very difficult to see a bobbing head in the water unless you have a trained eye," said Master Chief Tom Cowan, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C.

That's when Sears' faith kicked in. He kept asking God to send a boat.

"He told me he was saying, 'Please God any boat, just send any boat,' " said Jeff Sears, Tim Sears' father.

Then Sears saw a cargo vessel about a mile away.

He took off his yellow shirt and began waving. But again, it passed him by.

"At that point I was so frustrated because that was the best chance I had," Sears said.

The vessel eventually stopped about half a mile after it passed and lowered a rescue boat.

Three merchants inside the boat pulled Sears out of the Gulf and brought him back to the vessel.

The vessel's name - Eny.

"I guess God sent him any boat," Jeff Sears said laughing. "It's a miracle."

The Eny was en route to Port Arthur, Texas, to deliver copper. The crew members were Greek and Romanian and spoke little English, Sears said.

Once on shore, the FBI and the Coast Guard interviewed Sears and authorities contacted Carnival. The cruise line, which carries 3 million passengers a year, didn't know Sears was missing because no one on the ship made a claim, said Jennifer de la Cruz, spokeswoman for Carnival.

After investigating, authorities and Carnival are calling Sears' ordeal an accident.

"In this instance, we don't know what happened and we may never know," de la Cruz said. "It's extremely rare for somebody to go overboard."

His story has captured national attention. Media outlets such as "Good Morning America," the "Today" show, major newspapers, radio and television stations in Lansing, Detroit and Grand Rapids all want to tell his story.

It's one that could have had a different ending. Cowan said Sears could have easily died, instead of escaping with severe sunburn and dehydration.

"Mother nature can be very unforgiving," Cowan said. "He's lucky to be alive. It's not easy treading water for that long a time."

Not to mention the sharks, jellyfish and other deadly critters in the Gulf, he said.

Carnival didn't offer Sears a free trip but he's just happy to be home and alive, he said.

"It had to be an act of God, man," Sears said. "There's no other way."
 
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jester95008

Guest
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wow! this is one amazing story. What I want to know is , when he was knocked unconscious , did he float in the water for a while? Why didn't he dround?
 
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lainie

Guest
#17
Salt water and dumb luck, I guess. Bet he "woke up" as soon as he hit the water -- it hurt a lot and was very cold.