Seabourn Rescues Three Missing Fishermen
On the 19th February, whilst sailing through the Pacific off the coast of American Samoa, Seabourn Cruises’ Seabourn Odyssey came across 3 men stranded in small fishing vessel. The men, whose boat was not listed as a missing vessel, were then taken aboard for medical assessments by the ship’s doctor following an ad-hoc rescue mission ordered by the ship’s captain, Mark Dexter, and his crew.
It later transpired that the three fishermen had been missing for three weeks with no communication flares and that their only source of sustenance was rain water and the fresh fish they had caught.
The three men, who hail from Apia in Western Samoa, had embarked on their trip with hopes of bringing back a sizable haul of fresh sea-food. However, disaster struck early on as their vessel ran out of fuel and was gradually pulled further into the vast seas of the Pacific.
The Pacific is one of the world’s largest oceans and has claimed the lives of many sailors caught in its strong currents and trade winds throughout maritime history. It is said that the three men were feared dead by their families and friends who had reluctantly began to put in place the funeral arrangements for their missing loved ones.
Guests onboard the Seabourn ship were so moved by the turn of events that they pooled together donations which saw the three men return home with $800 each to put towards a new boat.
Odyssey was recently rated as the Best Small Cruise Ship by the annual Conde Nast Reader’s Choice poll