My husband and I were on the Valor the night the man jumped. It was 3:12 am when an
announcement came over the loud speaker, "Bravo team portside". We soon noticed that
the ship had stopped and a bright spot light was scanning the water on the portside.
It was foggy that night and visibility was very poor. Our balcony cabin was right next to
the bridge and we could see the officers running around with their hands on their hips.
Most of the officers weren't even fully dressed. ( uniform pants and T-shirts) The ship
then started to side thrust toward the starboard side. Then a life boat was lowered and
it took off toward the front of the ship from the portside aft. After more side thrusting,
we saw an orange round ship life saver come from under the ship. Then the life boat
came by the portside, we saw a man sitting on the floor of the boat with a life vest on.
Others said he was moaning and that when they tried to rescue him he told them to
go away. The next morning when we docked in St. Martin, an ambulance met the ship to
take the man to the hospital. The rumor was that he had a fight with his wife, lost a lot
of money in the casino, and then decided to end it all.
NOTE: Carnival crew did an excellent job in saving this man. The seas were rough
and it was very foggy. I don't think any other cruise ship crew could have done any
better or could have done more to save this man. Carnival you did a great job.!!!!!!!!!
We really enjoyed our cruise and Valor is a history lesson in itself. She is really beautiful.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask or email.