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Cruise ship passenger who treaded water for 20 hours speaks out, says he never accepted that 'this is it'
Carnival cruise ship passenger rescued by Coast Guard after falling overboard
Video released by the Coast Guard shows the moment a Carnival cruise ship passenger was spotted and later rescued from the Gulf of Mexico after falling overboard Thursday.
The Carnival cruise ship passenger who went missing in the Gulf of Mexico and treaded water for 20 hours before being rescued said in a Friday interview that he never accepted "this is it" after falling into the ocean.
"I wanted to see my family and I was dead set on making it out of there. I was never accepting that this is it," James Micheal Grimes described in an interview with ABC News. "I'm 28 years old. I'm too young. This is not going to be it."
"I always thought there's a greater purpose for my life. Now, I know for sure I'm meant to do something on this Earth," he added.