Friday, June 8, 2018

Like a High-Stakes Game of Where's Waldo

This story isn't directly about cruising, but it has a visual that explains why so few people going overboard are found, despite hours and hours of searching by the Coast Guard.

On Wednesday morning a 456-foot Liberian-flagged container ship, Vega Sagittarius, docked at Port Everglades at 6:40am. It advised the Coast Guard of a missing crew member, a 25-year-old male, last seen approximately 5:30am.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot response boat from Port Everglades and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Miami.

The helicopter crew located the missing man five miles east of Port Everglades and directed the response boat to his location. The boatcrew transferred the man to EMS.

It's not a very interesting story and has nothing to do with cruises, but the photo taken from the helicopter speaks volumes about the difficulty of the job of the Coast Guard in locating people in the water who have gone overboard. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

How easy would it be to overlook this man in the water, even looking at this photo taken from the perspective of the search helicopter when you know he's there?

This article appeared in the June 8 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

A view from the perspective of the search helicopter showing how difficult it is to see a person in the water
Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard