A 42-year-old woman was saved after a dramatic hour-long rescue after she fell 10 levels overboard from a Royal Caribbean ship.
Mariner of the Seas was more than 30 miles off the coast of the Dominican Republic. The ship was bound for the island of Curaçao.
The crew members of the ship launched a rescue board to search for the woman, video footage shows.
“The passenger was recovered alive and reported to be in good health, after reportedly falling into the water from [the] 10th deck of the ship,” US Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad told Insider.
She was taken to the ship’s medical facilities after the incident and transferred to a hospital in Willemstad, Curaçao.
The US Coast Guard, which is investigating the circumstances that led to the passenger going overboard.
They said they received a report at around 5:45pm Sunday.
Cruisers on the ship watched the waters, believing the woman would not be found.
“After we saw the life rafts or the life preservers and the smoke.
“I was like, someone just died,” cruise ship passenger Matthew Kuhn told FOX 35.
“To go from, she’s probably not going to be found. Versus holy crap, they found her, and she’s alive” was a whirlwind, said Mr Kuhn.
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Amiee Kuhn, Mr Kuhn’s wife told ABC’s Good Morning America that people aboard watching from their balconies erupted in applause when they saw the woman saved.
“She was sitting up when they brought her back, and the whole ship was cheering, and then they did come on and confirm it was a successful rescue mission,” she said.
Royal Caribbean told Insider in a statement, “The ship and crew immediately reported the incident to local authorities and began searching for the guest.”
“Thankfully, the guest was successfully recovered and was brought on board.
“Our care team is now offering assistance and support to them and their traveling party.
“Out of privacy for the guest and their family, we have no additional details to share,” said Royal Caribbean.