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Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, released a statement that reads in part, "This is nothing short of miraculous. Kudos to the Carnival Glory team for this awesome effort to rescue a fellow seafarer", the spokesperson said.

The Coast Guard has stated that the yet to be named crew member is in a stable condition but an investigation into what happened is ongoing.

During the rescue, a passenger on the Carnival Glory, Debbie Mortham, took cellphone video of the crew member being picked up at sea and tweeted "Not our man overboard but man treading for at least a day". "He was alright, but was obviously distressed from being in the water for so long. We will be disembarking him when we arrive in Cozumel on Monday, for further treatment and care by Norwegian Cruise Line".

The Coast Guard suspended the search on Saturday night after hours of searching.

Officials dispatched planes and a cutter that searched more than 1,630 square miles. The ship had been halted during the search, leading to a delayed itinerary.

"Then we noticed that the crew members were using binoculars trying to find the crew member in the ocean".

A cruise ship crew member has been found alive after 22 hours lost at sea in what has been described as a "miraculous" rescue effort.

Norwegian thanked Carnival for recovering the employee and said he would be returned to shore soon.

The Norwegian Getaway had departed Miami on June 24 and was scheduled to return Sunday.

"One of the things that the Coast Guard could never calculate when it comes to in search and rescue is the person's will to live", said Lally.


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