Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Carnival Imagination Rescues Boaters

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.


Anonymous said...

I was on this cruise returning on May 8th 2009 heading into Miami port of call. At 6 am my mom and I were awakened to an alarm and some saying that there was a person missing and to stay in your cabin. About 15 min later a 2nd announcement stated that we were rescuing 3 people out of the water. I did the capsized boat but my mom an I still wonder at which did someone become missing...HMMMMMMMMM

Karin said...

I agree that it was more like 6am than 9am. My photos have time and date.

Karin said...

I agree that it was more like 6am than 9am. I have lots of pictures with date and time.

Anonymous said...

I too was on the ship and watched the rescue that morning. I never found any news about who the rescued people were. Does anyone know?

Linda Coffman, AKA Cruise Diva said...

Thanks for the input. Perhaps it was 9am by the time they finished the rescue--even if it was started earlier--and that was the time they used in the news release.

I haven't seen any reports with the boaters' names.


Donnie said...

me and my wife were on the vessel as well we were awoken do an alarm around 6am that said danger danger portside then a message followed someone was reported missing to stay in our cabins shortly there after another anouncement came that there was a cpsized vessel and that we were launching rescue bouts to pick them up under coast gaurd instruction