Sunday, August 3, 2014

Amver participating cruise ships help rescue 42 migrants in July

Amver participating cruise ships assisted in the rescue of 42 Cuban migrants last month. Two Carnival ships and Royal Caribbean vessel were quick to spot migrants in distress or otherwise disabled vessels.

The first case occurred on July 4, 2014 approximately 53 miles south of Key West, Fla. The crew of the Carnival Freedom notified US Coast Guard authorities in Key West they had located a rustic vessel with 30 migrants aboard. Coast Guard rescue personnel requested the Panamanian flagged cruise ship remain on the scene until the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscane embarked the migrants. The rustic vessel was unable to be destroyed and was left adrift with the marking "USCG OK". The Carnival Freedom enrolled in Amver on March 8, 2007 and has earned seven
participation awards.

The second case occurred on July 19, 2014 approximately 80 miles southwest of Dry Tortugas, Fla. This time the crew of the Carnival Conquest notified the Coast Guard of 2 migrants attempting to row to Florida in a small boat. Rescue authorities requested the Carnival Conquest remain on scene and provide a lee and communications with the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores which arrived on the scene and embarked the migrants. The Carnival Conquest enrolled in Amver on October 28, 2002 and has earned eight participation awards.

The final case occurred on July 25, 2014 when the Oasis of the Seas notified Coast Guard officials the crew located a rustic vessel approximately 40 miles south of Marathon, Fla. Rescue personnel requested the Bahamian flagged cruise ship provide communications until the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark arrived on scene and embarked ten Cuban migrants. The Oasis of the Seas enrolled in Amver on December 6, 2009 and has earned two participation awards.

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