The cruise line confirmed that the 116,000-ton, 3,100-passenger ship intercepted an urgent call from a French skipper who had fallen and broken his hip. Ventura's Captain Keith Dowds changed course while on en route to its first port of call, Malaga, to answer the mayday call. Crew rescued the man from and transferred him onto the ship where he was treated by the ship's medical staff.
When Ventura docked in Malaga on Monday the man was taken ashore. The U.K.'s Southern Daily Echo reported that two other crew members of the yacht continued their journey to France and have been confirmed safe and well.
After the rescue, Ventura continued with its regularly scheduled itinerary. The ship is currently on a 16-night Mediterranean voyage due back on 17 August. --by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor