24 people rescued from sinking boat by passing Carnival Cruise ship off Florida coast

Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Lines/ Press Release

Twenty-four people were rescued from a distressed boat some 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., last Saturday.

The Carnival Sensation was out on international waters conducting non-operational manning status with a skeleton crew and no passengers on board when they spotted a sinking boat in the distance. 

According to a press release from Carnival Corp., the cruise liner spotted the distressed boat and noticed it was “taking on water” and made a move to bring all 24 rescuees on board. They were then examined by the medical team and were quarantined away from the crew. 

“Upon seeing the boat in the water, Carnival Sensation maneuvered alongside the craft and provided blankets, life jackets, food and water to the 24 people on board which included individuals from various nationalities and two children,” stated the press release along with this photo.

Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Lines/ Press Release

Following the passengers’ evaluation, Carnival Corp. informed: “all appropriate authorities,” including the United States Coast Guard (USCG), which then dispatched a cutter to the Sensation to recover the individuals. 

While cruise ships are still abiding by the CDC issued No Sail Order, which due to an extension is in place through Oct. 31., Carnival clarified in the press release that the ship was conducting non-operational procedures with no passengers on board. 

The Sensation is equipped to carry over 2,600 total guests when in commission according to the ship’s fact sheet.

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