Twenty hours at sea, then the rescue, documented by this video, which according to the Coast Guard took place at the limit. The story of James Michael Grimes, who fell off a cruise ship while going to the bathroom, is incredible. It’s Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, when the 28-year-old is having fun with his 18 traveling relatives in Cozumel, Mexico. At one point he tells his sister that he needs to go to the toilet.
What happened at that juncture he does not remember, he confesses to the microphones of Good Morning America, well-known television program of the US broadcaster Abc, which collected exclusively his statements: “I was afraid of drowning, I wanted to see my family again. I was determined to make it. I would never have accepted to die like this”. Originally from Lafayette, Alabama, Grimes falls overboard around 11pm. “When I regained consciousness the ship was gone. I don’t know how she floated passed out. The Lord protected me.” While waiting for help, the young man said he ate a piece of floating bamboo, saw a shark’s fin and kicked something that bumped into his leg.