Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues Boaters in the Atlantic

October 18, 2009

Carnival Glory came to the rescue of three boaters stranded 130 miles off the coast of Port Canaveral early Saturday morning.

Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen told Florida Today that the cruise ship stopped after spotting a 25-foot fishing boat in distress.

Cruise Critic member ceanderson3 was onboard the Glory during the rescue; he posted the following report on the Cruise Critic message boards: "... the ship started listing bad. I was sitting at the lido deck restaurant aft
and was eating ice cream with friends. At this
time, I glanced out the back windows and saw a light. A minute or so later it was gone.

"From the announcement made later, apparently they had gotten word of a vessel in distress in our area and the captain turned to go there. The light I saw was them signaling us. We kept lines up with them maybe 100 to 200 yards away with a spotlight on what looked like nothing more than a 20 or so foot inflatable. After a few minutes a lifeboat came around the bow of the ship and made its way out to the other boat. Then after a few more minutes, they came back around the glory and loaded the lifeboat back. Medical, security, the captain and several others met the 3 men on deck."

Check out a photo of the rescue taken by Debbie Helmholtz, who was onboard.

Gulliksen tells us that the three men, two Bahamian citizens and a U.S. citizen, were taken aboard Carnival Glory, which was on the final day of a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise. The men debarked Saturday in Port Canaveral, where the cruise also ended.

--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor