CNN PRODUCER NOTE nathaliebill told me, 'The captain announced spotting a vessel at around 6:45 p.m. a few hours after we left Key West and decided to slow down the Ecstasy to investigate. Once he realized what was going on he announced that he were going to rescue them. We approached the sinking boat to find screaming man, women and children on board of that sinking boat – The boat was taking on water and the wind and wave were not helping the rescue effort, it took more than an hour to get close enough to the boat. They opened a side gate and started loading on board the passengers on the drifting vessel, a total of 41 people including about six young children.'
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer