Skip to comments.Man rescued near Fort DeSoto after falling off cruise ship
Posted on 06/15/2009 2:01:37 PM PDT by JoeProBono
Crewmembers from a pilot vessel rescued a man at about 6:50 a.m., about one mile southeast of Mullet Key, in Fort Desoto, in St. Petersburg, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Larry Miller, 46, reported to the pilot boat crew that he went overboard from the cruise ship Carnival Inspiration at about 4 a.m., while it was returning to the Port of Tampa.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report from the pilot vessel at about 7 a.m., stating that they had found Miller clinging to a buoy in the shipping channel.
The pilot vessel crew safely transported Miller to the Fort Desoto boat ramp, where EMS was waiting to take him to Bayfront Medical Center, in St. Petersburg.
The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
Canival says the man told authorities he slipped after climbing up on a railing to get a better view of the pilot boat, according to The Associated Press. The ship was returning from a four-day cruise.
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Canival says the man told authorities he slipped after climbing up on a railing to get a better view of the pilot boat, according to The Associated Press.
While perfectly sober, I'm sure. This is one lucky guy. I wonder how far he had to swim to the buoy?
I have caught quite a few sharks in those waters.
How embarassing.. tsk tsk.
But it is a Carnival cruise. ;-)
Probably drunk on booze he smuggled on to the ship.
Not very far in Egmont Channel. It is a very narrow channel with lots of buoys. The gentleman was likely sharing his buoy with lots of birds. Those buoys are loaded with birds, particularly at night.
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