Friday, March 8, 2019

Amver participating cruise ship rescues two from downed aircraft

The Amver participating cruise ship Regal Princess rescued two survivors from an aircraft that ditched in the water 20 miles southeast of Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami received notification from air traffic control personnel that the aircraft had ditched. Rescue personnel immediately diverted a Coast Guard rescue aircraft, the Coast Guard Cutter Legare and queried the Amver system. The Regal Princess was located closest to the distress location.

The captain of the 1,000-foot ship agreed to divert and arrived on the scene quickly, launching a small boat to recover the two survivors who were in a life raft. With favorable winds and waves of only four feet, the rescue boat from the Regal Princess was able to quickly recover the survivors.

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The survivors were reported to be uninjured and stayed aboard the Bermuda flagged cruise ship until it arrived in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Regal Princess, managed by Princess Cruise Lines, enrolled in Amver on May 27, 2014 and has earned five Amver participation awards.

Video credit: Andy Beecher via YouTube

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