Cruise ship passenger who went overboard was ‘dead set’ on surviving during 20-hour wait for rescue

U.S. Coast Guard rescued James Michael Grimes after almost 20 hours battling rip currents and shark-infested waters, he says.

James Michael Grimes is speaking out for the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC News after going overboard on a Carnival cruise ship after being missing for almost 20 hours.

The 28-year-old man said he was determined to make it out of the Gulf of Mexico alive, calling it the experience of a lifetime.

Grimes said he treaded water for nearly 20 hours after falling overboard on Thanksgiving Eve — battling jelly fish, rip currents and shark-infested waters before being airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard on Nov. 24. shortly after 8 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard told ABC News. Source ABC News

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