A passenger has been confirmed dead, after going overboard the Costa Cruises liner, the Costa Pacifica in the Gulf of Cadiz.
NATO Allied Maritime confirmed in a release that NATO Maritime Forces assisted with the search and rescue for a person reported missing from an Italian cruise ship sailing off the coast of Spain.
NATO naval forces who were participating in NATO exercise Dynamic Mariner/Flotex-19 in the area received a “man overboard” mayday call at 22.26 on 10.10.19. The ships were re-routed to assist with the search and rescue operations.
After a full day of searching, the body of the missing person was retrieved around 9am on 11.10.19 in the Gulf of Cadiz area by the Spanish authorities.
NATO units included ships from the USA, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands. Additional units assisting in the search were a Spanish search and rescue tug, a French Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and a Spanish Search and Rescue Helicopter.