The United States Coast Guard medevaced a twenty-three year old passenger from the Carnival Valor yesterday morning according to multiple news accounts.
WKRG-New Orleans reports that the Coast Guard medevaced the male passenger from the Carnival cruise ship just off the coast of Venice, Louisiana early Tuesday morning.
The Coast Guard station in New Orleans received a request around 1:14 a.m. for the medevac of a 23-year-old man with “multiple significant injuries” after he fell a distance of around 15-16 feet aboard the cruise ship.
The man fell nearly 16 feet aboard a cruise ship offshore New Orleans. Video from U.S. Coast Guard in article ⬇️https://t.co/gV5ogp8L38
— Katelyn Umholtz (@kumh0ltz) October 9, 2019
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from New Orleans was sent to medevac the injured young man.
There currently is no public information regarding how or where the guest fell on the cruise ship. Nola.com states that “the man fell on deck and did not go in the water, according to Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen. Gulliksen didn’t have any other details about how the man fell.”
The helicopter arrived at the of the Canival Valor around 5:45 a.m., hoisted the man, and transported him to New Orleans University Medical Hospital, whee he arrived in critical condition. You can watch the video of the medevac here.
The Carnival Valor departed New Orleans on October 7th heading for Cozumel, and then Progreso, Mexico, and returning to New Orleans on October 12th.
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October 9, 2019 Update: FOX-8 News in New Orleans reports that the man was on his honeymoon and fell “almost 20 feet. . . from an interior balcony onto the deck” of the cruise shop.
October 10, 2019 Update: The U.K. tabloids report that the passenger fell from a balcony in the interior of the ship from the 14th deck to deck 10. He was reportedly on his honeymoon and they had “enjoying their unlimited drinks package throughout the day, before the incident occurred.”
Video/photo credit: Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sydney Phoenix U.S. Coast Guard District 8 via Defense Visual Information Distribution System (DIVDS).