Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly rescued a man who had fallen overboard on a Club Med Cruise near St Martin in the Caribbean. The fallen man is said to have been drunk at the time, which led him to topple over the boat’s railings on.
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A source told the Daily Mail that the 45-year-old Oscar winner was cruising on a private boat off the coast of St Barts on December 30 when he heard the news that a man had fallen from a nearby ship.
In a nod to the movie 1997 Titanic, which solidified DiCaprio’s name in Hollywood, the actor joined the rescue mission, adamant to save the man from the fate of his film character Jack Dawson.
Reports state that the captain sailing DiCaprio’s boat had been alerted that a 24-year-old Frenchman had fallen into nearby waters, and raised the alert.
DiCaprio’s boat was alone in the rescue mission, scouring the rough waters for hours before finding the man.
He was pulled from the ocean 11 hours after he initially fell.
According to the Daily Mail: “The captain of the boat described the successful rescue mission as a ‘one in a billion shot’”.
The Sun reports that upon finding the man, who they state was named Victor, he was hauled aboard – safe, though severely dehydrated.
The news outlet also states that he was given food, drink and clothes before being passed to coastguards.
A source reportedly told The Sun that the man was a Club Med cruise worker who had had “too much alcohol” and spent too long in the sun.
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“The captain of his ship sent out a panicked emergency message and Leonardo and his team agreed to look for the poor guy,” the source said.
“They were the only responders, and his only chance of survival, despite being hours away.
“The ‘man overboard’ was minutes from drowning when he was found.”
The man is said to have been treading water and attracted attention by “flailing his hands” at Leonardo’s
In a dramatic twist a rain storm is also said to have been closing in.
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Express.co.uk has contacted Club Med for further comment on the situation.
This isn’t the first time someone has been rescued after falling from a ship.
A man travelling on board a South Africa to Mauritius MSC cruise ship was pulled from the waters after he purposefully jumped into the ocean.
He was rescued by emergency services after spending an hour in the Indian Ocean.
The incident happened on New Year’s Eve.
One passenger on board the MSC Orchestra filmed the dramatic moment he was pulled back on board.
In the video, the cruise team can be seen helping the man out of an orange rescue boat and back onto the ship’s deck.
Following the incident, a spokesperson for the cruise line told Express.co.uk: “On 31 December at around 4:00 AM local time, a passenger of MSC Orchestra, of his own will, jumped overboard while the ship was en route between Madagascar and Mauritius. Our ship’s security protocols were activated immediately and the ship command responded promptly and adequately.
“A team of crew members was deployed to conduct the search and rescue operation and within less than one hour, MSC Orchestra’s rescue team managed to successfully salvage the passenger. Fortunately, the passenger sustained only minor injuries.”
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