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  • "Other news feeds suggest that the man was a passenger.
    Incident occurred apx 05.30 local time on Friday morning.
    Passengers reported being woken by a severe lurch of the vessel and horn being sounded. (lurch was probably result of the crash stop rather than the reason for the man going over the side).
    Suggestions have been made that he was on deck or a balcony for a smoko - It's a non smoking ship apparently.
    .
    The Ventura (Registered in Hamilton) is currently mid Atlantic heading West to the Caribbean ."
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Passenger fell from P&O's Ventura after sailing from Southampton

Passenger fell from P&O's Ventura after sailing from Southampton

Ventura in Southampton

Ventura in Southampton

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A MAN is lucky to be alive after plunging from a cruise ship that left Southampton, wearing just his underpants.

A major rescue operation was launched in the middle of the Atlantic after he fell overboard from the Ventura, which left the city last week.

Passengers onboard the P&O Cruise liner were heading to the Caribbean when they were woken in the early hours of Friday morning as horns were sounded and lifeboats were launched.

The man, believed to be aged between 30 and 50-years-old, was spotted by passengers and he was hauled aboard wearing nothing but his underpants.

A spokesperson from P&O would not say if the man was a crew member but said he was “stable” in the ship's medical centre.

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