Luckiest or Dumbest Guy at Sea Ever?

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I've been waiting to hear the full story on this recent rescue. Word from the Coast Guard when they found him is that he had about 30 seconds of life left.

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Cruise Passenger Who Survived 20 Hours Overboard Has No Idea How He Fell​


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James Michael Grimes says he spent 20 hours treading water before being rescued by the Coast Guard.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/author/barbie-latza-nadeau
Updated Dec. 02, 2022 10:15AM ET / Published Dec. 02, 2022 7:43AM ET
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The 28-year-old Carnival cruise ship passenger who somehow stayed alive for 20 hours after falling overboard on Thanksgiving eve says the last thing he remembers onboard was winning an air guitar contest in one of the ship lounges.

James Michael Grimes told ABC News in an interview that aired Friday morning that he likely passed out when he fell from the Carnival Valor into the water, but was so determined to survive he willed himself to stay afloat.



“The next thing I know... I regained consciousness. I was in the water with no boat in sight,” he said. “I wanted to see my family and I was dead set on making it out of there. I was never accepting that this is it, this is going to be the end of my life. I’m 28 years old. I’m too young. This is not going to be it.”


That unbelievable determination led him to tread shark-infested water for 20 hours, where he says he battled jellyfish and rip tides. “I always thought there’s a greater purpose for my life,” he told ABC. “Now, I know for sure I’m meant to do something on this Earth. And, you know, I don’t know. It was just the Lord was out there helping me, giving me strength and helping me stay afloat.”

Faith, of course, and the help of the cargo ship that alerted the U.S. Coast Guard team searching for him after his sister reported him missing from the cruise ship, which was bound for Cozumel, Mexico. Grimes was rescued by the Jayhawk crew after a mariner spotted him in the water. “We are beyond grateful that this case ended with a positive outcome,” Coast Guard search and rescue mission coordinator Lt. Seth Gross told ABC in a statement. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of all, most especially the U.S. Coast Guard and the mariner who spotted the guest in the water.”

The statement went on to imply that perhaps Grimes breached the safety barrier. “Cruise ships have safety barriers in all public areas that are regulated by U.S. Coast Guard standards that prevent a guest from falling off,” the statement says. “Guests should never ever climb up on the rails. The only way to go overboard is to purposefully climb up and over the safety barriers.”

Grimes, who was on the five-day cruise to Cozumel with 18 members of his family, did admit to drinking but said he has no recollection at all of how he managed to fall off the ship. When asked if he would ever go on a cruise again, he said he would “because I didn’t really get to go on this one,” but said would stay away from the rails.

"Life's a beach, enjoy the waves" (see video)
 
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nolatom

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Carnival Valor?? He may be one of ours here in New Orleans, where Valor is based nowadays. Very lucky (and determined) fella. You might want to stick to Bourbon Street for your next bender? More people around to see you.
 

b green

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local SB fisherman, mid channel , sorting lobsters, clipped the ocean defender(another boat), lost his balance , fell into the fish hold, was trapped by somethings , on autopilot doing 12KTS, hit the beach just west of the harbor, got the boat off the beach next day with so-so damage and had head injury but OK.....SOOOO lucky
 

jhc

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Carnival Valor?? He may be one of ours here in New Orleans, where Valor is based nowadays. Very lucky (and determined) fella. You might want to stick to Bourbon Street for your next bender? More people around to see you.
Are you kidding? People get killed in NO every night! When visiting in 2015 there was murder on the front page every morning. One guy was found just off Bourbon st. dead with a bump on the head, and pockets empty.
Had a great time myself though...
 

TheDragon

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Dumb and unbelievably lucky. Clearly not really shark-infested. And rip-currents or rip-tides, give me a break, typical stupid reporting. But an amazing story anyway.
 

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Something isn't right.

Naked, with no idea how he fell overboard.

12 hours to report him missing.

He 'regained consciousness' and found himself in the water.

Bullshit!!!

Breathing is kinda mandatory. When you pass out you keep breathing.

So, fuckface floated in the water unconscious and didn't' drown?

Rrriiiiiigghtt.....
 

Bump-n-Grind

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Something isn't right.

Naked, with no idea how he fell overboard.

12 hours to report him missing.

He 'regained consciousness' and found himself in the water.

Bullshit!!!

Breathing is kinda mandatory. When you pass out you keep breathing.

So, fuckface floated in the water unconscious and didn't' drown?

Rrriiiiiigghtt.....
I dunno man. I fell asleep (passed the fuck out, if truth be told) on a diving board once at my neighborhood pool one night after we hopped the fence to go skinny dipping. I woke up(came to) the instant I hit the water and was more than a little bit disoriented, thankfully they had removed all the jellyfish from our pool!!
 
How about this one ~23 hours:
In August 1979, "Cincinnati" rescued a Finnish sailor 70 miles (100 km) off the east coast of Florida who had been in the water for 22 hours after falling overboard from the Finnish freighter "Finnbeaver".

He fell from ship when he was inspecting railing damage without safety belt.
After floating and swimming for 23 hours, nukesub USS Cincinnati spotted and resqued him.
 

nolatom

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Are you kidding? People get killed in NO every night! When visiting in 2015 there was murder on the front page every morning. One guy was found just off Bourbon st. dead with a bump on the head, and pockets empty.
Had a great time myself though...
Well, yeah, but I’ll take my chances here than alone in a big ocean. No bullets but no food or music, and you can’t drink the water.
 
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Ex Machina

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I dunno man. I fell asleep (passed the fuck out, if truth be told) on a diving board once at my neighborhood pool one night after we hopped the fence to go skinny dipping. I woke up(came to) the instant I hit the water and was more than a little bit disoriented, thankfully they had removed all the jellyfish from our pool!!
They obviously turned the riptide off for the night too
 

Ex Machina

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How about this one ~23 hours:


He fell from ship when he was inspecting railing damage without safety belt.
After floating and swimming for 23 hours, nukesub USS Cincinnati spotted and resqued him.
Finnbeaver 😂
 

PurpleOnion

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For those with greater willingness to search, Michael Lewis has a podcast and likely a more in depth write up about the guy that figured out how to calculate where a body, boat, or other object will be at a specific time after falling overboard.
Quick summary here.

I listened to his podcast about it, but can't readily find the episode.

Interesting stuff and told in Lewis's typical style.
 




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