Holland America Security Officer Saves Man Who Fell From Pier

rescue 2Earlier last week, a security officer from Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam saved a passenger who had fallen off of the pier in Grand Turk.

A 70 year old guest returning to the Nieuw Amsterdam reportedly fell off of the pier and began to struggle in the water. Upon seeing this incident, Nieuw Amsterdam security officer, Paul Haggerty, jumped into the water and swam towards the man. Haggerty proceeded to lift the man up to keep him afloat and aided in his rescue from the water. The guest was helped out of the water via a latter and crews from both the Nieuw Amsterdm and the Costa Luminosa.

rescue1According to a Holland America Line representative, the incident took place on December 10th, while the Nieuw Amsterdam was docked in Grand Turk alongside the Costa Luminosa.

Holland America Line sent a statement to Cruise Currents, commenting: “Our shipboard staff train rigorously for many scenarios and we commend the quick and decisive actions of the security officer. The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority.”

The guest was able to continue his cruise aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam without further incident thanks to the quick thinking and bravery shown by Paul Haggerty and the staff of Nieuw Amsterdam and Costa Luminosa.

Photos courtesy of CNN iReport.





Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.