- Posted December 22, 2012 by
Rochester, New York
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Five Rescued After Being Lost at Sea for Three Weeks
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
My wife and I were enjoying the carribean sun, hundreds of miles from land, when we noticed a large group of passengers pointing at something over the edge of the top deck. One of the passengers advised us that a small boat, appearing to be abandoned, was adrift in the middle of the ocean.
Moments later the captain of the ship, Nicolo Bommarco, made an announcement that we were unable to make radio contact with a small boat and we are turning around to investigate further.
As we made our second pass, we startled the passengers of the small boat who were fatigued and escaping the hot carribean sun under a large cloth. The survivors emerged and immediately began waving their hands screaming "Water! Water! Water!"
Our ship tethered their boat, throwing a bag of danishes and running a hose for water.
Our cruise director made an announcement that the survivors claimed to be lost at sea for three weeks after experiencing engine trouble on the way to a barbeque. They were able to survive for so long due to the whole goat and large amounts of water that they were bringing to the barbequeue.
After speaking with the Jamaican coast guard, our ship was given permission to take on the survivors and hand them over to authorities upon our arrival in Jamaica.
Please enjoy the photos I was able to take of these events as they unfolded!