(11:40 a.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean's 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas came to the aid of a fishing boat dead in the water near the Caymans on Wednesday.
Travel writer and regular Cruise Critic contributor David Molyneaux witnessed the event, which occurred yesterday afternoon as the ship was steaming for Cozumel. "Captain Trym Selvag stopped Oasis and sent two engineers to fix the problem (after a security team checked out the fishing boat)," Molyneaux wrote in an e-mail to Cruise Critic. "The Captain said Oasis' crew provided the fishing boat with a fresh battery, fresh water, and got the engine working again."
"'That's what we do at sea,' the captain said in an announcement to the passengers, who lined the starboard decks to watch the rescue."
Cruise Critic member waterdave, who took the above pic and scrambled to a computer to share the experience, reported that there were three men aboard the boat, which he identified as the "Lady Angela." He also provided coordinates of the incident, as displayed on one of Oasis' televisions. (A fellow member promised waterdave a beer for his fine, self-financed reporting; Wi-Fi at sea can be costly.)
Molyneaux added that the rescue has not impacted Oasis' itinerary, a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise that began in Port Everglades, Florida, on Saturday, April 14. The ship pulled into Cozumel this morning as scheduled.
Royal Caribbean was unable to comment at press time.
Oasis has been serving double duty as of late. In early April, while ferrying scores of passengers between Western Caribbean ports, it picked up 23 Cuban citizens stranded in a makeshift boat (video).
--by Dan Askin, News Editor