At approximately 9 am last Friday, Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,052-passenger cruise ship, Carnival Imagination, rescued three boaters whose vessel capsized approximately 14 miles north of the sea buoy near Miami in Biscayne Bay.
Carnival Imagination was en route to its homeport of Miami when officers on the ship’s bridge saw the capsized vessel. Captain Candeloro Donato immediately initiated rescue operations, positioning the 70,000-ton cruise ship toward the capsized boat and lowering one of Carnival Imagination’s rescue boats. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified, as well.
The three boaters were safely brought onto the Carnival Imagination’s rescue boat as it stood by under instructions from the U.S. Coast Guard, which dispatched a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft to take them to Miami.
Carnival Imagination operates year-round 3- and 4-day cruises from Miami.