Man is rescued from the ocean after jumping from cruise ship MSC Orchestra

Dramatic moment passenger on family cruise is towed back aboard MSC Orchestra after having spent an HOUR floating in the Indian Ocean off the Madagascar ship

  • Cruise ship MSC Orchestra sailed from South Africa to Mauritius when a man went overboard in the Indian Ocean
  • Search team searched for an hour before he drove him into the water
  • Dramatic images show the moment when he was brought back to the cruise ship
  • MSC Cruises said the man, who was on vacation with the family, seems to have jumped

This is the moment when a man was dramatically rescued from the ocean after jumping off a cruise ship and floating in the water for an hour.

The man, unidentified, was aboard the MSC orchestra that sailed from South Africa to Mauritius when he plunged into the Indian Ocean on New Year’s Eve.

Search teams were jumbled up and spent an hour off the ocean off the coast of Madagascar before they finally saw him and brought him back to the ship where his family waited.

This is the moment a man was rescued from the Indian Ocean after he jumped out of cruise ship MSC Orchestra when he sailed near Madagascar on New Year's Eve

This is the moment a man was rescued from the Indian Ocean after he jumped out of cruise ship MSC Orchestra when he sailed near Madagascar on New Year’s Eve

Gerhardt Jooste, a South African financial lawyer who was also on the cruise, recorded the final moments of the rescue from the upper deck of the ship.

The video shows how a lifeboat with two cranes is pulled along the side of the cruise ship before the man walks away in a silver blanket.

He then lies down on a backboard that is nearby, before the crew members wrap it in blankets.

Jooste wrote: ‘Man overboard in the Indian Ocean. Miraculously, he was found an hour later and survived.

“Congratulations to the captain and the crew.”

Ross Volk, director of MSC Cruises, said the man sustained only minor injuries and the cruise could continue as planned.

MSC Cruises said the man spent an hour in the water before he was found and returned to the main vessel, escaping with only minor injuries. His family, who were then on board, receives support

MSC Cruises said the man spent an hour in the water before he was found and returned to the main vessel, escaping with only minor injuries. His family, who were then on board, receives support

MSC Cruises said the man spent an hour in the water before he was found and returned to the main vessel, escaping with only minor injuries. His family, who were then on board, receives support

The orchestra left Durban on December 28 and was on its way to Mauritius when the man fell. It is intended to return to South Africa on January 8, after a stop on Reunion Island

The orchestra left Durban on December 28 and was on its way to Mauritius when the man fell. It is intended to return to South Africa on January 8, after a stop on Reunion Island

The orchestra left Durban on December 28 and was on its way to Mauritius when the man fell. It is intended to return to South Africa on January 8, after a stop on Reunion Island

Volk said that it seems as if the man jumped overboard voluntarily. He added that support is being offered to his family.

The orchestra docked in Mauritius on New Year’s Day, where it is currently moored.

The ship, built in 2007, can carry 3,200 passengers and nearly 1,000 crews and has a spa, swimming pools, jogging track, theater and casino.

It departed from Durban, South Africa, on December 28, and is expected to reside in Mauritius on January 3, when leaving for Reunion Island.

After an overnight stay, the boat is scheduled to return to Durban on January 8. It is not clear whether the man can continue the cruise.

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