"Man rescued after falling from deck of cruise ship
SAN DIEGO - A cruise ship passenger was rescued after he fell from a deck into the waters off of Mexico, officials said Wednesday.
The luxury vessel Crystal Harmony was about 100 miles south of Ensenada when some crew members smoking on a deck saw the unidentified man fall from the sixth deck shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, said Mimi Weisband, spokeswoman for Crystal Cruises.
The sixth deck contains entertainment facilities, including a shopping area, theater, saloon, lounge, casino, sports area and golf driving net, according to the vessel's plans.
"A few of our galley crew saw a body fall past them and into the water and they immediately advised the bridge and threw a life ring," she said.
"The captain got on the speaker they use to call the rooms," passenger Milton Cole of Beverly Hills said in a telephone conversation from the ship. "He said, 'This is not a drill. It's Code Oscar.' And subsequently we heard that Code Oscar means man overboard."
A smoke pot was tossed down to mark the spot and the 50,000-ton vessel began to turn around. The ship's tender was lowered and retrieved the man, who was treated for hypothermia in the ship's medical facilities.
The rescue took about 30 minutes.
The captain later announced the rescue to the 900 other passengers.
"Apparently he was greeted throughout the ship with applause. They did do a wonderful job," Weisband said.
The man apparently boarded in Los Angeles on Feb. 14, when the ship began its 10-day round-trip cruise to the Mexican Riviera.
Weisband did not know his identity.
"We did learn that he was a middle-aged man traveling alone. He was a guest on board," she said.
The man was turned over to harbor police when the ship stopped in San Diego at about 1 p.m. The man was questioned and then released.
"He wasn't arrested," Senior Officer Laura Tosatto said. "He told the officers that he accidentally fell. He appeared to be all fine, healthy and didn't have any medical problems."
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Crystal has a long way to go to shake off that reputation they have of attracting the hard core party animal types. I happen to know that they are trying to lure more sophisticated clientele from Carnival.
you people are very very funny....i wish some of you would be on my cruise 4-2-05 diamond princess it seems that nobody will be with husband daughter and myself we will have the whole ship to ourselves???????
Sorry Laurie - but you must find your niche - pick one of the catagories in Banker's message and run with it. I am actually all of the above myself. Immature, downright sarcastic and menopausal, have been known to toss back a few from time to time and overflow my old lady drawers so I would probably loose a thong all together. So I fit right in lol. As for being alone on the ship - we have the same thing on the Pride - March 6th - just us. It could be nice - just think how many towel animals we will get and we can save every deck chair by the pool :o) You will have a great time - ttfn Jennifer
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