Disney Fantasy rescued four refugees
Disney Fantasy rescued four refugees

Disney Fantasy rescued four refugees

Cruise liner Disney Fantasy participated in a rescue operation in the US waters. The ship picked up four people, who signaled for help near the Cape of Key West near the coast of Florida.

Rescuing operation was held on Saturday in cooperation with the U.S. Coastguard. Disney Fantasy was traveling from the Port Canaveral on the island of Grand Cayman, where the ship's crew received SOS message.

According to the official information released by Disney Cruise Line, people received all necessary help on board. On April 28 refugees arrived in the port of Georgetown, where they went ashore.

This year it is not the first time, when a large cruise ship is involved into the rescue operation. So, in April 2012 in the Caribbean Sea near the Mexican coast of the Cozumel resort the ship Oasis of the Seas picked up 23 Cuban refugees.

It should be noted that not every company is able to earn rescuer’s reputation. Situation with Star Princess was absolutely different, when one of its ships Princess Cruises refused to pick up three fishermen in the Pacific. It happened on March 10, 2012. Passengers of the liner performing a four-week cruise noticed the fishermen and reported to the ship crew. However, the liner did not change its course and left the people. Subsequently Princess Cruises claimed that the captain had not been informed about the incident.

Refusing to help resulted in tragedy. Two fishermen died from dehydration and the story got great public interest. The only survived fishermen Adrian Vasquez filed a lawsuit against Princess Cruises. The case is currently being considered by the court of Florida.

Ilya Kalachev

Date: 03/06/2012


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