Courtesy of Princess Cruise Line CAILEY RIZZO MARCH 06, 2019
A cruise ship rescued a pilot and his passenger from the Caribbean after their plane crashed in the sea on Tuesday.
Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess was sailing towards St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands when the captain announced that the vessel was changing course to rescue two people stranded off the coast of Grand Turk. The rescue mission was captured by passengers aboard the ship.
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The two people stranded in the Caribbean were a pilot and his passenger of a private light aircraft. They were floating in a lifeboat and waiting for rescue. After the crash, the pilot contacted the U.S. Coast Guard who sent a rescue plane and alerted the cruise ship.
Video of the rescue shows a dinghy leaving the Regal Princess, retrieving the stranded pair and bringing them back to safety. In a statement, the cruise line confirmed that “upon request from the U.S. Coast Guard Regal Princessassisted in the rescue of two U.S. citizens whose private aircraft went down southeast of Grand Turk in the Caribbean Sea.”Woman Rescued After Going Overboard on Cruise and Spending 10 Hours in Adriatic SeaThe Croatian Coast Guard rescued a cruise ship passenger who had fallen overboard and spent 10 hours treading water in the Adriatic Sea.
“They recovered them with no injuries reported,” Coast Guard spokesman Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez told Miami New Times
A small plane crashed in the Caribbean Sea, and the @USCG called on our Regal Princess crew to assist with the rescue. We’re happy to report both people are now safely onboard as the ship continues to St Thomas! http://bit.ly/2NKdUVw 3473:43 PM – Mar 5, 201998 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy
“Both people rescued are now safely onboard Regal Princess and the ship continues her sailing to the next port of call Charlotte Amalie where the arrival time is not expected to be affected,” the cruise line said in a statement.
The ship is continuing on its seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. It is scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 10.
It’s not uncommon that cruise ships pick up people who are stranded at sea. If a cruise ship receives a distress call from the coast guard, the captain is obligated to make every effortthis link opens in a new tab to make rescue. In December, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship rescued two sailorsthis link opens in a new tab who had been adrift in the Caribbean for 20 days.