Passengers on a cruise ship in the Bahamas watched enthralled last night as a rescue boat was launched to aid three sailors on a trimaran in the Bahamas.
Ruby Princess – one of seven cruise ships in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday as I disembarked from Allure of the Seas – was diverted to the French sailing craft’s aid. The vessel was adrift without power near Samana Cay, the largest uninhabited island in the Bahamas and believed by some to have been the site of Christopher Columbus’s first landfall in the New World.
Passenger Dr Anton Andersson, from Detroit, Michigan, shot this video as a rescue team took the crew off the boat and transferred them safely to the 3,500-passenger ship.
A Princess Cruises spokesperson confirmed: “Ruby Princess diverted to assist a sailboat putting out a mayday call. The three crew members were brought on board the ship and Ruby Princess continued to St Maarten on time. They did not require medical attention. The U.S coast guard and Bahamian authorities have been notified.”