It’s been an eventful month for Holland America’s Statendam which at present
is sailing San Diego-to-Hawaii itineraries. On top of a passenger overboard
(never found), anti-cruise demonstrators waiting on the dock at Molokai to
protest the “big ship’s” arrival, and the rough seas that prevented the ship
from arriving there the first time -- Statendam recently rescued three men
off a 45-foot yacht, who’d called in a distress signal to the U.S. Coast
Upon receiving the request, Statendam motored directly to the yacht, making
its maiden voyage, which had been taking on water in 25 ft. seas. Ship
officers and crew managed, in dramatic fashion, to bring the three men on
board as a Coast Guard plane hovered. The rescuees remained on
Statendam until it arrived in Honolulu. Alas, because the ship detoured out
of its path to conduct the rescue, it had to kibosh its only other planned
call this year at the small island of Molokai, a move which no doubt will
disappoint planned demonstrations against the ship once again.
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