Grand Princess Rescue Press Releases

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Here is the initial press release from Princes regarding the rescue of two folks that fell overboard. Afterwards, you can find an update from Princess on the press release.

Initial Press Release

3/25/2007
Grand Princess Rescue — Media Statement

This morning at 1:30 am local time, when Grand Princess was approximately 150 miles off the coast of Galveston, two passengers were reported to have gone overboard. After a four-hour search and rescue operation, we are extremely happy to report that the two passengers, a 22-year-old man and 20-year old woman, were successfully recovered, and appear to be in satisfactory condition. They are currently undergoing a medical evaluation by the ship’s medical staff.

We would like to recognize the exemplary seamanship of the captain and crew of Grand Princess, as well as the support of the U.S. Coast Guard, for this successful rescue.

It appears that the passengers went overboard from the balcony of one of the passenger’s cabins. When alerted to this, the ship stopped, initiated an emergency search operation, and returned to the position where the overboard incident was initially reported. Rescue boats were launched from Grand Princess, and the U.S. Coast Guard was notified. One passenger was rescued at 5:30 am, while the second passenger was rescued at 6 am.

Grand Princess departed Galveston Saturday afternoon, March 24, at 5 pm on a 7-day Western Caribbean sailing. She is carrying 2,783 passengers and 1,122 crew.

Updated Press Release

3/26/2007
Grand Princess Rescue — Media Update

We are pleased to report that the two passengers who went overboard Grand Princess early Sunday morning are both in satisfactory condition. After being rescued they were evaluated and treated on board by the ship’s medical staff.

The male passenger has been released from the medical center and has decided to remain onboard and continue the rest of his cruise vacation. The female passenger, who had minor injuries, disembarked today in Costa Maya, Mexico, and will undergo further precautionary testing at a local hospital before traveling home.

At the request of both passengers, we are not providing any information about their identity, residence, nor the circumstances of the highly unusual incident. We have concluded that their going overboard was an accident, and we consider the matter closed.

We again would like to recognize and commend the ship’s captain and crew, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, for their efforts that led to the safe rescue of these passengers.

Grand Princess will depart Costa Maya at 9 pm EST this evening and continue on her seven-day Western Caribbean cruise as scheduled, with stops in Roatan (Honduras), Belize and Cozumel. The ship will return to Galveston on Saturday, March 31.