By RICK MORAN
It’s a survival story that appears to be made for the movies. The Carnival cruise ship Valor reported on Thanksgiving day that a passenger had gone overboard. His sister reported him missing around 8 a.m. but hadn’t seen him since he left a bar to use the restroom around 11 p.m. the previous evening.
At that point, the U.S. Coast Guard got involved. The ship turned around and retraced its route hoping to find the unidentified man. Eventually, Valor continued on its way with no sign of the man.
The Coast Guard conducted an intensive search, alerting all vessels in the area to the emergency. The Coast Guard resources included a small boat from Venice, Fla., a helicopter based in New Orleans, and airplanes from Clearwater, Fla., and Mobile, Ala…