Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Rescues Adrift Sailors

December 19, 2013
Freedom of the Seas (11:18 a.m. EST) -- Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas came to the rescue of two sailors early Thursday morning after crew onboard the ship spotted a red flare.

According to Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the rescue occurred today at approximately 5:30 a.m. as the ship sailed from San Juan to Philipsburg, St. Maarten. After sailing toward the red flare, the ship encountered a small boat with two passengers. Crew lowered a boat into the water and rescued the two men, both from the Dominican Republic.

Once onboard, the men received food, water and medical treatment.

The ship continued on to St. Maarten, where it was met by the Coast Guard.

Freedom of the Seas is in the midst of a seven-night itinerary that departed Port Canaveral on December 15.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor