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Princess Cruise Ship Diverted to Rescue Operation

September 8, 2013
(3:30 a.m. EDT) -- A Princess Cruises cruise ship was diverted as part of a rescue operation off Vancouver Island on Friday.

Star Princess and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel rushed to the aid of three people whose boat had capsized 18 miles offshore from Ulcluelet.

Both vessels arrived at the scene at the same time and the Coast Guard rescued the three people. They were taken to Tofino General Hospital after being found "alive and shivering," according to Darren Morley, a Coast Guard officer with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria, speaking to

He added: "They were found in the water clinging to a cooler and a dingy that they could not get into for whatever reason," he said. "They were plucked out of the water by the Coast Guard crew out of Tofino, with the Cormorant helicopter hovering overhead."

A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said: "Yesterday [Friday], Star Princess was diverted by the Canadian Authorities to proceed to a vessel in distress with three persons on board. Star Princess and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel arrived on the scene at the same time and the people were rescued by the Coast Guard."

Star Princess was on its way to Victoria, B.C., at the end of a seven-night Alaska cruise which ended in Seattle yesterday (Saturday).

--by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor

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