Carnival cruise ship reverses course, rescues man from sinking boat near Cozumel, Mexico

Carnival Paradise came to the rescue of a man whose small boat was sinking in nearby waters Sunday.

In a statement to USA TODAY, company’s Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson Vance Gulliksen explained the ship, which was on a four-day cruise to Cozumel that departed from Tampa Thursday, reversed course to save the Mexican national. 

“While en route back to its homeport of Tampa, Carnival Paradise was alerted of a small craft in distress with one person in the water while the ship was 13 miles north of Cozumel,” the statement read. “Carnival Paradise reversed course and lowered a rescue boat, brought the mariner onboard and provided food, water and medical treatment.”

The statement continued, “Carnival Paradise personnel coordinated with Mexican authorities to transfer the mariner, a Mexican national, to a ferry boat and take him ashore. He was in good condition.”

The cruise ship, which is 855 feet long and can hold 2,124 guests and 920 crew members, according to Carnival, returned to Tampa Tuesday morning.

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