Coast Guard Chandeleur Crew Rescues Cruise Ship Passenger

MIAMI — The crew of the Miami Beach Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur located the 35 year-old man waving his hands at the crew about 30 miles east of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 8:45 a.m.

Michael Mankamyer, residence unknown, was pulled aboard the 110-foot cutter Chandeleur after spending eight hours in the water and then hoisted into an HH-65 helicopter from Coast Guard Station Miami. Mankamyer has been transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital apparently in good condition but suffering from mild hypothermia.

The Coast Guard received the call from the captain’s staff of the cruise ship Carnival Glory about 12:45 a.m. reporting Mankamyer had jumped from the balcony in his room. Multiple cutters and aircraft were launched to assist in the search efforts along with the cruise ship Disney Magic.

“The crew of the Chandeleur demonstrated superb mission execution during the search executing the recently transitioned SAR Ops program utilized by the search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami,” said Capt. James O’Connor, chief of search and rescue for Coast Guard District Seven. “Mankamyer was extremely fortunate to have survived the fall from the ship and the ability to remain alive in the water without any survival gear.”

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