Second Rescue in Two Months for SuperStar Virgo

October 21, 2005
It's been a busy few months for Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo. While sailing the Straits of Malacca from Singapore to Port Klang this week, the Asia-based ship came to the aid of seafarers in peril -- for the second time in two months.

On Tuesday morning, three crew members of a local fishing vessel were discovered in the water by lookouts on the bridge of SuperStar Virgo; their boat had sunk due to tumultuous weather conditions. The onboard "Man Overboard Team" (MOB) was immediately dispatched and the ship alerted the Malaysian Vessel Traffic Information System. After the successful rescue, all three survivors were brought onboard where they rested until the ship arrived in Port Klang.

The first rescue, which occurred in the same area, involved six crew members of a sinking cargo vessel. All of the men survived and were immediately released to the Malaysian Marine Police.

Cruise ships are no strangers to heroic efforts. Earlier this year, Holland America's Ryndam came to the aid of three people, and a cat, whose sailboat was caught in rough seas off the coast of Mexico. Last year, Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas were each involved in separate rescue missions.