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Old June 15th, 2009, 04:23 PM
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PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- A man who fell from a cruise ship Monday morning was rescued after he was found clinging to a buoy, nearly three hours after he went overboard.

According to reports, at 4 a.m. Monday, Larry Miller, 46, fell overboard from the Carnival Inspiration as it was returning to the Port of Tampa.

The crew of a pilot boat found Miller clinging to a buoy in the shipping channel near the Sunshine Skyway shortly before 7 a.m.

Miller was taken to the Fort DeSoto boat ramp, where an emergency vehicle picked him up and took him to Bayfront Medical Center. He was treated for minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Carnival said Miller fell overboard when he climbed on a railing to get a better view of a boat as it passed by. He slipped, then fell overboard.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
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PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- A man who fell from a cruise ship Monday morning was rescued after he was found clinging to a buoy, nearly three hours after he went overboard.

According to reports, at 4 a.m. Monday, Larry Miller, 46, fell overboard from the Carnival Inspiration as it was returning to the Port of Tampa.

The crew of a pilot boat found Miller clinging to a buoy in the shipping channel near the Sunshine Skyway shortly before 7 a.m.

Miller was taken to the Fort DeSoto boat ramp, where an emergency vehicle picked him up and took him to Bayfront Medical Center. He was treated for minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Carnival said Miller fell overboard when he climbed on a railing to get a better view of a boat as it passed by. He slipped, then fell overboard.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
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Or, "Hey,,,Watch This".......
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Definitely drunk! The drunk ones always live. Notice how none of these stories starts with "5 year old falls off a cruise". That is because most 5 years olds are smarter then this idiot.
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Moral of the Story: Don't climb the (proceeds to cuss like a drunk Irish sailor) railing.
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Beat me to the post. Heard about this this morning. Was out there myself yesterday. At least he fell off near land. Should be glad he found a buoy. The current runs fast in the channel. At least he did it the last night of his cruise too so he got to enjoy it. No doubt alcohol involved.

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I have some non cruising friends who cant inderstand why I want to cruise so much when so many people are falling over board Well in my explanation... People dont fall over board.. They are stupid and stand on rails or stand on chairs or wahtever but to just stand there and fall over. NO WAY! I told them that it is sheer stupidity or drunkness that makes people fall over board. Happy cruising
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I hope this moron kissed the ground when he finallly was able to....
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See why I always preach " keep your feet on the deck and your arse won't flop over the rail?? " He didn't have his feet on the deck so his arse flopped overboard !!
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At least we have a "reason" for the OB. So many remain a tragic mystery.

I wonder what boat was so interesting that standing on the rail seemed like such a good idea.
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I know what kind of boat would be so interesting to me that I would risk going overboard(), but at least I do have more self-restraint thant to actually climb, unless of course it was on a ship on a film set(lol....don't mind my reference to a scene in a certain James Cameron film we all know).
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I've cruised a couple of times, and I've stood by the rails to gaze out onto the sea. It's hard to fathom that someone would be stupid enough to actually "fall" off. People don't simply fall off a ship, unless they're on a suicide mission.
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At least the guy got to experience a "free fall" ride and a free excursion on a Coast Guard Cutter and a free ride to the hospital. Certainly a lot better than having to pay for all of those surf and turf excursions himself!

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Heard this morning that a 50 year old woman fell off the Holiday last night, near Pensacola, FL.

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Another Carnival Cruise Passenger Goes Overboard
Update, 10:10 a.m. EDT: Carnival has issued a statement saying the woman was suspected to have gone overboard at approximately 11 p.m. CDT Monday, after another guest reported hearing a splash sound in the water to a crewmember. A cabin-by-cabin check was conducted, which confirmed a missing female guest.

The search for the missing individual is ongoing.

(9:40 a.m. EDT) -- One day after a Carnival Imagination passenger was rescued after falling overboard near Tampa, another cruise traveler has gone missing. The Associated Press is reporting this morning that the Coast Guard is searching the Gulf of Mexico for a woman who reportedly went overboard from Mobile-based Carnival Holiday.

The Coast Guard told the AP that the passenger, a 50-year-old woman, was reported overboard by the Carnival Cruise Lines ship at 12:04 a.m. Tuesday. According to CNN, crewmembers heard a loud splash and began search procedures. At the time, the ship was located 75 miles southwest of Pensacola, Florida.

The ship is currently sailing a five-night Western Caribbean cruise that departed yesterday from Mobile. Today is a scheduled sea day. The cruise will end Saturday in Mobile after calls on Cozumel and Playa del Carmen.
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I've cruised a couple of times, and I've stood by the rails to gaze out onto the sea.
It is good to stand "by" the rails and gaze off into the sea.
It is bad to stand "on" the rails and fall down into the sea.

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It's hard to fathom that someone would be stupid enough to actually "fall" off. People don't simply fall off a ship, unless they're on a suicide mission.
Alcohol can turn off the cautions that sober people normally exhibit.

Let's hope that, beside the "perks" ShotoJuko lists, this person learned a hard earned lesson.
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Of 9 people who have OB's in 2009, 7 on Carnival, 1 P&O and 1 on NCL. What is it about the Carnival cruiser??
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It was 4 AM. He said he was trying to get a better look at the pilot boat guiding the ship in. He needs to change his name to Lucky.
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Here you go Katlady.........

Jan 1st Sensation Crew member OB'd
Jan 16th Paradise old couple OB'd (2 peeps)
Mar 5th Splendor 68 old man OB'd
May 25th Fantasy 18 HS grad with family OB'd
June 15th Inspiration 46 yr old drunk in Tampa Bay (rescued)
June 16th 50 yr old broad lost at sea

That is 7!
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From the St Pete Times... and quoted by our very own Paul Motter

June 17, 2009 9:32 AM

How do you fall off a cruise ship?




TAMPA — It's not easy to fall off a cruise ship, and it doesn't happen often, but when it does twice in 24 hours in the Gulf of Mexico, it prompts conversation around another body of water, this one found directly behind Bill in accounting.

Hear about the guy who fell off the cruise ship? we say.

Must've been drunk, we say.

Must've been doing that scene from Titanic.

But it's rare that we assign any kind of context to these — what are they? Falls? Accidents? Jumps? Worse?

Perhaps that's what captures our interest about at-sea plunges. When no one is around to witness a passenger descend from a floating city and disappear into the darkness, we're left to our assumptions.

So far this year, 12 passengers or crewmen have gone overboard from cruise ships or ferries. That includes the Alabama woman still missing after a Tuesday morning fall 75 miles southwest of Pensacola, and the man found Monday morning clinging to a buoy near Fort De Soto, and an 18-year-old from Louisiana who fell overboard in late May about 150 miles southwest of Tampa.

That's according to Ross Klein, a professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and one of the only keepers of such data. Because there is no central government agency that tracks disappearances or deaths or falls from cruise ships, Klein relies on media reports from around the world to keep tabs on an industry intent on spreading a completely different idea.

"They're trying to sell a vacation product and this isn't good news," Klein says. "They tout cruising as the safest mode of transportation anywhere in the world. People go on them expecting to be safe, and these incidents contradict that perception."

Since 2000, the highest number of incidents reported came in 2006, when 22 people went overboard. But 12 million people cruised that year. That means roughly one of every 545,454 people who cruised in 2006 wound up in the drink. Not an astonishing safety hazard.

But if you consider that one of those reports was about a family with four children who returned from vacation with only three . . .

Or that one was about a man who returned from a Christmas cruise without his wife . . .

How do you fall off a cruise ship?

"It is virtually impossible for a guest to simply fall off a cruise ship," says Carnival Cruise Lines spokesman Vance Gulliksen in an e-mail.

"I always say I wish the English language had better words for people who go beyond safety barriers intentionally and lose their grip," says Paul Motter, editor of CruiseMates.com, an online guide to cruising. "I have no better word for it. Generally we say they are 'gone overboard under unknown circumstances.' "

Practically, falling overboard is a challenge. It would involve climbing or jumping or the right kind of momentum.

Carnival Cruise Lines' ships have 44-inch high railings and warning signs, says Gulliksen. They have uniformed security patrolling 24 hours a day.

Even cruise critics agree it's not easy. "Nine times out of 10, the person did something dumb," said Charles Lipcon, a Miami attorney and author of Unsafe on the High Seas: Your Guide to a Safer Cruise.

Lipcon has litigated a few where people have fallen overboard, including one in which a woman went missing and her purse was found on the deck and a security camera had been covered.

"They're very difficult cases," he said. "You need to prove that the cruise lines have violated some duty. And normally they don't. You can't keep people from doing dumb things. The ships aren't made out of rubber."

There are trends in these incidents.

Some are suicides. Couples fight, and then one jumps in an I'll-show-you kind of way. Some elderly couples have decided to leave the world together, a last hurrah on the high seas.

Alcohol is fuel. Critics say alcohol sales are a big moneymaker for cruise lines, so they have a tendency to overserve.

"It's drink and drink and drink," says Charles Harris, former chief of security for Carnival who has become an outspoken critic of cruise industry secrecy. "We'll take your money, and if you fall overboard, we don't worry about it." (Carnival's Gulliksen says employees are trained to refuse service to intoxicated guests.)

Then there are the mysteries.

No notes. No suicidal tendencies. No heavy intoxication.

They fall or jump or stumble or are pushed, and no one is there to see, and the Coast Guard searches and the news breaks and we try to solve the puzzle on steadier shores.

News researcher Will Gorham contributed to this report. Ben Montgomery can be reached at (727) 893-8650 or bmontgomery@sptimes.com.
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PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- A man who fell from a cruise ship Monday morning was rescued after he was found clinging to a buoy, nearly three hours after he went overboard.

According to reports, at 4 a.m. Monday, Larry Miller, 46, fell overboard from the Carnival Inspiration as it was returning to the Port of Tampa.

The crew of a pilot boat found Miller clinging to a buoy in the shipping channel near the Sunshine Skyway shortly before 7 a.m.

Miller was taken to the Fort DeSoto boat ramp, where an emergency vehicle picked him up and took him to Bayfront Medical Center. He was treated for minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Carnival said Miller fell overboard when he climbed on a railing to get a better view of a boat as it passed by. He slipped, then fell overboard.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
Here is a follow-up story from the St. Pete Times.

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Here you go Katlady.........

Jan 1st Sensation Crew member OB'd
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Mar 5th Splendor 68 old man OB'd
May 25th Fantasy 18 HS grad with family OB'd
June 15th Inspiration 46 yr old runk in Tampa Bay (rescued)
June 16th 50 yr old broad lost at sea

That is 7!
Dave as a woman I have to take exception to this post. The crew member, the old couple, the 68 year old man and the 18 HS Grad were described decently enough. The 46 yr old runk(?) did you mean drunk - maybe a good description since he was apparently stupid and lucky. But why refer to the latest victim as a broad? Why not a lady or even just a woman or female such as the 68 year old man? Besides the fact that it is inappropriate, it could be a hurtful comment to her family members who are already in shock and grieving.

She was from this area and watching her son on the local news is heartbreaking.
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Here you go Katlady.........

Jan 1st Sensation Crew member OB'd
Jan 16th Paradise old couple OB'd (2 peeps)
Mar 5th Splendor 68 old man OB'd
May 25th Fantasy 18 HS grad with family OB'd
June 15th Inspiration 46 yr old runk in Tampa Bay (rescued)
June 16th 50 yr old broad lost at sea

That is 7!
Dave as a woman I have to take exception to this post. The crew member, the old couple, the 68 year old man and the 18 HS Grad were described decently enough. The 46 yr old runk(?) did you mean drunk - maybe a good description since he was apparently stupid and lucky. But why refer to the latest victim as a broad? Why not a lady or even just a woman or female such as the 68 year old man? Besides the fact that it is inappropriate, it could be a hurtful comment to her family members who are already in shock and grieving.

She was from this area and watching her son on the local news is heartbreaking.
You are right, I'm sorry. I did mean 46 year old drunk and not runk. Typo..
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Here you go Katlady.........

Jan 1st Sensation Crew member OB'd
Jan 16th Paradise old couple OB'd (2 peeps)
Mar 5th Splendor 68 old man OB'd
May 25th Fantasy 18 HS grad with family OB'd
June 15th Inspiration 46 yr old runk in Tampa Bay (rescued)
June 16th 50 yr old broad lost at sea

That is 7!
Dave as a woman I have to take exception to this post. The crew member, the old couple, the 68 year old man and the 18 HS Grad were described decently enough. The 46 yr old runk(?) did you mean drunk - maybe a good description since he was apparently stupid and lucky. But why refer to the latest victim as a broad? Why not a lady or even just a woman or female such as the 68 year old man? Besides the fact that it is inappropriate, it could be a hurtful comment to her family members who are already in shock and grieving.

She was from this area and watching her son on the local news is heartbreaking.
You are right, I'm sorry. I did mean 46 year old drunk and not runk. Typo..
Okay, but I am confused. Are you sorry about the typo or your reference to the lady being a broad?
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The typo. I usually am grammatically if not politically correct.
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