Monday, March 19, 2007

Cruise Chaos

MIAMI, March 16 (AP) — A man who jumped from a cruise ship early Friday off Florida was rescued about eight hours later by the Coast Guard, officials said.

The man, Michael Mankamyer, 35, waved his arms at crews when he was found around 8:45 a.m., said Petty Officer Jennifer Johnson. Mr. Mankamyer was airlifted to a hospital, and the Coast Guard reported that he suffered from mild hypothermia but was otherwise in good condition.

The ship reported that Mr. Mankamyer had jumped from the balcony in his room and into the water around 12:45 a.m., a Coast Guard statement said.

A witness said Mr. Mankamyer was intoxicated, said Petty Officer Dana Warr.

Mr. Mankamyer was aboard the Carnival Glory, which operates out of Port Canaveral east of Orlando, according to the cruise company’s Web site.

After the cruise ship alerted the authorities about the incident, it stayed in the area to help with the search, Petty Officer Warr said.

“The time that they did spend was appreciated,” Petty Officer Warr said.

Petty Officer Warr said that ship and another cruise ship that helped in the search left the area before Mr. Mankamyer was found.

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