These lucky boaters were cruised to safety.
It seemed like a small watercraft’s luck had run out when it began taking on water while off the coast of Florida this weekend — but then a passing cruise ship came to the rescue.
“For those in peril on the sea￼,” wrote Carnival Cruise Lines director John Heald in a Sunday Facebook post detailing the rescue mission by the Carnival Sensation in international waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach. “Upon seeing the boat in the water, Carnival Sensation maneuvered alongside the craft and provided blankets, life jackets, food and water to the 24 people on board which included individuals from various nationalities and two children.”
All two dozen passengers rescued from the smaller boat were evaluated by the Carnival Sensation’s medical team before being quarantined aboard the vessel away from crew members, Heald went on. The United States Coast Guard (USCG), among other authorities, was then notified, and a USCG cutter was dispatched to the scene to retrieve the group.
It’s currently unclear what caused the smaller boat to become distressed, but it was actively taking on water by the time the Sensation arrived.
Only “limited crew members and no guests” were aboard the Sensation during the rescue mission, as Carnival Cruise Line is, for the moment, “in a pause in its operations,” Heald wrote. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently has a no sail order for all cruise ships through Oct. 31.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread economic fallout, the cruise industry has been uniquely battered. Earlier this month, a drone captured photos of once opulent luxury cruise ships being broken down for scrap metal at Turkey’s Aliaga ship recycling port. The port has been significantly busier than usual this year as a result of the industry’s desecration, reporting a 30-percent increase in business compared to 2019.