It's an incredible rescue at sea, involving two cruise ships. An employee of a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship went overboard Saturday afternoon—only to be rescued by a Carnival Cruise ship nearly a full day later, reports the Miami Herald. The 33-year-old crew member, who remains unidentified, is apparently OK physically but will be evaluated at a hospital Monday when the Carnival ship docks in Cozumel, Mexico, reports ABC News. “This is nothing short of miraculous,” says Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "Kudos to the Carnival Glory team."
It remains unclear how the crew member went overboard, but the Norwegian Getaway notified the Coast Guard about 3:20pm Saturday. The ship halted its trip and helped the Coast Guard search into Saturday night before calling it off. "We feel we have covered the area quite well and unfortunately we could not find anything," the ship announced. All seemed hopeless until the Carnival ship spotted the man in the water about 21 miles north of Cuba about 1pm Sunday and pulled him aboard. "He was all right, but was obviously distressed from being in the water for so long," says one of Carnival ship officers. (The biggest cruise ship ever built is now cruising the seas.)