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One passenger on the NCL Epic won’t forget Tuesday, March 6th when she fell overboard while taking a selfie. The NCL Epic was on the final night of a four-night cruise sailing out of Port Canaveral. The ship had just left the Bahamas five earlier after having stops in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay. Passengers reported the ship moving quickly to make it back to their debarkation port when the ship slowed down. Around 9 PM, the crew made an announcement over the ship’s intercom system, “Code Oscar portside” three times. The announcement informed emergency crews to that someone had fallen overboard on the portside or left side of the vessel.

Emergency crews were dispatched out into the pitch-black night. The ship stood still for 45 minutes as crew found the overboard passenger. Passengers reported seeing a light flickering out in the water, which was a life preserver which had been given to the overboard passenger. The seawater-activated lights aid rescue at night. Once the rescued passenger was back onboard, the captain announced the rescue operations was successful.

When the NCL Epic returned to Port Canaveral, the Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel transported the passenger to a local hospital. No additional information has been provided on the condition of the passenger.

Safety is paramount for passengers and crew. Cruise lines have implemented warning systems and procedures to deal with almost all conceivable emergency thinkable. It is common for passengers to witness fire drills and lifeboat drills. Passengers take part in a muster safety drill prior to debarkation.

Passengers falling overboard is nothing new. Most experienced cruises believe most people that fall overboard wanted to go overboard, someone pushed them overboard, or they were doing something irresponsible that put the passenger in jeopardy. It’s great that NCL was successful in rescuing this passenger, no matter how they went overboard.

When the NCL Epic returned to Port Canaveral, the Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel transported the passenger to a local hospital. No additional information has been provided on the condition of the passenger.

Safety is paramount for passengers and crew. Cruise lines have implemented warning systems and procedures to deal with almost all conceivable emergency thinkable. It is common for passengers to witness fire drills and lifeboat drills. Passengers take part in a muster safety drill prior to debarkation.

Passengers falling overboard is nothing new. Most experienced cruises believe most people that fall overboard wanted to go overboard, someone pushed them overboard, or they were doing something irresponsible that put the passenger in jeopardy. It’s great that NCL was successful in rescuing this passenger, no matter how they went overboard.
2018-03-09T18:26:59+00:00

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