Carnival Victory Crew Overboard Off Cuba Coast – On Thursday, July 4, 2019, Gaffar Satwilkar, 37, from Ratnagiri, India was a crew member who worked aboard Carnival Cruise Line ship Carnival Victory went overboard as the cruise ship was about 30 miles off the coast of Cuba returning to port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the last leg of a four-day cruise.
Gaffar Satwilkar who is the father of three children lived in Miami, Florida
Gaffar Satwilkar’s brother, Mohammed Satwilkar said, “We all are waiting for him,” said Mohammed. “We want him to come back as soon as possible.”
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) said its search covered nearly 2,600 square miles and lasted over 45 hours before the search was suspended.
“We’ve been in contact with the crewmember’s family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult time for them,” said Michael Mullen, search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard 7th District. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.”
Andy Hernandez, a passenger sailing on Carnival Victory when Satwilkar went overboard posted several tweets saying “Never experienced anything like this. Man went overboard on Carnival Victory. Satwilkar fell according to other crew members while conducting maintenance on the back of the ship. My heart goes for this man and his family.”
Later Hernandez posted another tweet saying “According to another crew member his harness broke or wasn’t put on correctly.”
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Video: 07/4/2019- Man Overboard Carnival Victory