Per eyewitnesses, crew members lowered a lifeboat kick-starting a thorough search and rescue mission, as the individual in the water could be heard seeking help. The crew members of the MSC
Splendida was able to locate and rescue the young man.
After about an hour, the rescue mission, which the ship’s captain had accompanied with the announcements, was successful.
Italian news outlets report that the 24-year-old crew member is a Brazilian national working as a dancer onboard. They said the crew member intentionally went overboard after arguing with his partner.
The incident was examined at the vessel’s next port of call named Taranto, where the authorities questioned the witnesses and reviewed CCTV footage. After recovery, the member will be sent back to their nation.
Several guests on MSC Splendida were able to record some videos of the rescue and search operation.
Melanie Schwarz mentioned on her Facebook profile that she woke up with three long blasts from the vessel and went to my balcony, observing that the Splendida had stopped immediately. Busy bustle on the bridge was followed since she was on deck 12 at the same height. Searchlights were switched on for almost 30 minutes, and there was silence.
Suddenly, cries for help were heard from the distance, getting louder slowly. Immediately a rescue boat is lowered and sets off. She was an immediate witness of salvation. After 30 minutes, the captain’s life-saving declaration mentioned that the individual could be secured and that there was no danger to his life.