Princess Cruises Ship Rescues 5 Boaters Said to Be Adrift for 3 Weeks

December 20, 2012
(Update, 9:50 a.m. EST) -- According to a Princess statement, the boaters -- all men, were disembarked at Ocho Rios on December 18.

But Cruise Critic member debazar said the men weren't simply let off the ship; they were led away in handcuffs.

"We were getting back on the ship yesterday in Jamaica and Jamaican police were taking all 5 away. They were handcuffed except for 1 who was holding his stomach (appeared as if he was in some discomfort)."

(December 18, 10:20 a.m. EST) -- Five boaters were rescued by Island Princess last night as the cruise ship steamed for Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

"The captain noticed a boat adrift, and we turned around," member mrsihopes reported on the Cruise Critic message boards. "They said they're from Jamaica and were heading to a BBQ on the other side of the island when they ran out of gas. They've been adrift for 3 weeks."

Princess Cruises spokeswoman Susanne Ferrull confirmed to the Associated Press (via the Star Tribune) that the boaters were brought onboard and officials in Jamaica notified. Cruise Critic has reached out to the West Coast-based line by e-mail for additional information.

Island Princess is at the tail end of a 10-night Caribbean and Panama Canal (half transit) cruise from Fort Lauderdale. The sailing is set to conclude Thursday.

--by Dan Askin, Senior Editor --Photo appears courtesy of member mrsihopes.