Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Rescues Yacht Racers

June 27, 2012

(9 a.m. EDT) -- A cruise ship has come to the rescue of a stranded yacht in the Atlantic with ties to June's Newport Bermuda race for the second time this month.

Norwegian Star picked up the passengers of the 41-foot sloop "Avenir" at approximately 1 p.m. local time on June 26, some 230 miles northwest of the island of Bermuda, Norwegian Cruise Lines said in a statement. A distress call from the yacht was relayed to Star by the U.S. Coast Guard; the yacht reported it was disabled and adrift after being unable to repair damage to the rudder.

Norwegian Cruise Lines posted a note about the incident on its Facebook page, saying, "Please join us in thanking Captain Kenneth Harstrom and the incredible team on board Norwegian Star for responding and bravely rescuing a distressed sailboat this morning. After receiving word from the US Coast Guard ... the Captain immediately diverted course to rescue the three men and three women aboard the yacht. Upon reaching the Avenir, Norwegian Star's crew worked to rescue the passengers and quickly transfer all six occupants on board the ship."

Less than two weeks ago, another ship,
Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, made an at-sea rescue of a yacht racer in the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race. In the same stretch of water, about 200 miles northwest of Bermuda, Enchantment picked up dehydrated racer Nathan C. Owen from his 46-foot yacht, Seabiscuit.

Norwegian Star is on a seven-night Bermuda cruise sailing roundtrip from New York.

--by Jamey Bergman, U.K. Content Editor

--Photos appear courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.