Disney Cruise Ship Rescues 4 Men Adrift at Sea

Published May 29, 2012 3:30 PM by The Maritime Executive

A Disney cruise ship rescued four Cuban men signaling for help aboard a small raft near Key West, Florida.

As the Disney Fantasy was en route to Grand Cayman from Port Canaveral, Florida this weekend, the men were spotted. They were brought on to the luxury liner where they were provided with food, water and medical assistance.

Many are praising the ship’s crew as they successfully demonstrated their training and commitment to maritime protocols around saving lives at sea. This rescue follows recent claims that a cruise ship operated by Princess Cruise Lines allegedly failed to stop for three Panamanian fishermen adrift at sea, despite passengers alerting crewmembers to what they saw. There was only one survivor, who is now suing the company.

The Coast Guard has been notified by Disney of the rescue, and appropriate authorities are scheduling the group’s departure from the ship. The vessel is currently in Mexico and is expected to return to Port Canaveral on Saturday.

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