Miraculous moment man who fell off a boat is rescued after spending 48 hours floating in the Caribbean Sea
- Costa Rican man, 37, was rescued by an American merchant vessel Wednesday
- The crew of the South Carolina ship alerted the Colombian military which transported the man to a hospital in Cartagena
- Doctors diagnosed the Costa Rican boat passenger with hypothermia and dehydration
- The man told authorities he fell off a boat that was taking him from Costa Rica to Panama on Sunday
This is the moment a man was rescued by the crew of an American commercial ship in the Caribbean Sea, after he spent 48 hours in the water after falling off a boat.
The 37-year-old Costa Rica national said he had picked up a free ride from his native country to Panama on Sunday to report for work, according to the Colombian Navy.
The man said he sought help from the boat’s crew when he went overboard due to rough weather conditions.
However, the change of being rescued were dramatically reduced as the weather worsened in the Caribbean Sea.
The Costa Rica man said he was traveling on a boat from his native country to Panama for work on Sunday when he was tossed off the vessel by the rough weather conditions. He spent 48 hours in the Caribbean Sea and drifted all the way to Colombia, 47 nautical miles off the coast of the Cartagena Bay where he was spotted by an American merchant ship
The 37-year-old Costa Rican hangs on to a lifebuoy that was tossed to him
Doctors diagnosed the Central American man with hypothermia and dehydration after he spent 48 hours in the Caribbean Sea after he fell off a boat that was transporting him from Costa Rica to Panama
The passenger, whose name was withheld by Colombian authorities, was eventually spotted Wednesday by a South Carolina merchant vessel that was was traveling 47 nautical miles north of the Cartagena Bay.
Images show him hanging on to a lifebuoy moments after the American crew answered his cries for help.
The ship’s crew brought him aboard and alerted the Colombian Maritime Traffic Control Tower.
A member of Colombia’s Navy along with the Costa Rica man is lifted into a helicopter after he spent two days in the Caribbean Sea
A South Carolina merchant ship that was traveling via the Caribbean Sea saved a Costa Rican man who fell off a boat Sunday and spent 48 hours floating in the sea
The Costa Rican man was diagnosed with hypothermia and dehydration, and remained hospitalized at the Cartagena Naval Hospital as of Thursday
A navy helicopter was dispatched to the zone and airlifted the sick man to the “Bolívar” ARC Naval Base before transporting him to the Cartagena Navy Hospital.
The Costa Rican man was diagnosed with hypothermia and dehydration, and remained hospitalized as of Thursday.
‘The Colombian Navy will continue with the development of search and rescue operations that will safeguard human life at sea, while thanking the community of sailors who in a timely manner alert the maritime authority about emergencies on the high seas, contributing to the operation that guarantees safety in the rivers, coasts and seas of the Colombian Caribbean,’ Colombia’s Navy said in a statement Thursday.
The Costa Rican man was flown to “Bolívar” ARC Naval Base and later transferred to the Cartagena Navy Hospital
The Colombia Navy said Thursday that the Costa Rica national is hospitalized at the Cartagena Naval Hospital and receiving treatment for hypothermia and dehydration