The dangers of alcohol

Forward: this weekend is St. Patrick’s day, a holiday celebrated by Irish and Non-Irish alike with the traditional drinkin’ o’the beer. For the benefit of those who might overindulge this weekend, here’s a cautionary tale in the form of a news item from the Wind In The Wire “what were they thinking?” department:

A flying leap from a Bahamas-bound vessel into the Atlantic Ocean resulted in a collapsed lung and hypothermia for a 35-year-old Orlando man. Michael Mankamyer was spotted taking a running leap off the Carnival cruise ship, “Glory” by a fellow passenger shortly before 1 a.m. Friday. The witness added that he (Mankamyer) was quite intoxicated at the time.

The Glory and another cruise ship in the area joined the Coast Guard cutter “Vigorous” and two helicopters in searching the water for the man. After cooperating with the Coast Guard, the cruise ship resumed its journey about 4 AM. The cutter continued searching, and found Mankamyer around 8:45 AM. Officials say he had drifted 15 miles north during his eight hours at sea, somehow managing to remain afloat.

About 3,400 passengers and crew were aboard the ship, including at least one traveling companion of Mankamyer. It was on a seven-day trip from Florida to the Bahamas that began last Saturday. Following his rescue, Mankamyer refused to speak with reporters.

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The fact that this story involves alcohol does not surprise me. What does surprise me is that Mankamyer was not a college student on spring break.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

(Story/photo credit: Miami Herald)

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