Three French nationals were rescued at sea tonight after an ill-fated voyage northeast of Cuba. Their three-hulled vessel lost navigational power, leaving her crew endangered, miles from any port.
The Ruby Princess changed route to save the distressed trimaran at 1140 pm EST on Jan 23. A rescue team on one of the ship’s lifeboats intercepted the stranded sailboat, which was adrift halfway between Berrys / Clarencetown and Samana Cay in Bahamian territory.
The entire operation was witnessed by hundreds of cruise passengers and crew aboard the Ruby Princess. The rescue occurred just days after Princess Cruise Lines ordered a complete scrutiny of all its maritime safety procedures. Video at http://vimeo.com/35553025