Drunk man jumps into sea, rescued

January 13th, 2009 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Jan 13 (DPA) An Australian cruise ship in the South Pacific Tuesday had to turn a full circle to pick up a drunken passenger who jumped overboard after an all-night party.It took the 70,000-tonne Pacific Dawn 45 minutes to return to the point where the 22-year-old Sydney man was seen by crew leaping from the deck.

A spokesman for P&O Cruises said the Pacific Dawn was near Port Vila, Vanuatu, on a 10-day cruise from Sydney when the incident occurred.

“The passenger was rescued quickly because of the immediate reaction of our crew,” the spokesman said. “It was a textbook rescue operation and we are very pleased that our passenger was returned safely to the ship.”

The passenger will be put off at Port Vila.

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