Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
When a passenger on a Royal Caribbean cruise recently fell overboard it wasn’t his own cruise ship that rescued him. The crew of a Disney cruise line that just happened to be passing by actually fished him out of the water.
The 22-year-old man was a passenger on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas when, due to unknown reasons; he ended up in the water. That’s when passengers aboard the Disney Magic ship saw him and alerted the ship’s crew.
The crew lowered a lifeboat boat into the ocean and sailed out to rescue the man. He was immediately taken to shore for treatment.
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. (Photo: Royal Caribbean)
Royal Caribbean confirmed the incident and detailed the rescue in a statement: “He was spotted by a crew member from another cruise ship, and picked up. We are grateful for the other ship’s assistance.”
The rescue sheds light on safety issues and whether ships should have technology that detects when someone on the ship goes overboard. Maritime attorney Jim Walker told Florida Today that this accident enforces his belief that ships need motion sensors and thermal detection systems that would indicate if someone goes overboard.
Either way, the rescued man has to be thanking his lucky stars for his personal Disney miracle.