Cruise ship rescues 24 people from boat off Florida coast

Marco Green
October 19, 2020

Carnival Sensation, an 855-foot-long vessel that usually accommodates over 2,000 passengers, spotted the boat struggling in global waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, according to Carnival Cruise Line.

The Carnival Sensation, which reportedly had no guests onboard due to the coronavirus pandemic, came to the aid of the small boat that was in global waters roughly 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla, the cruise line said.

The vessel was sailing in global waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach when it came under distress. The cruise ship, named Carnival Sensation, came alongside the boat and provided those onboard with blankets, life jackets, water, and food, John Heald, director of Carnival Cruise Lines, said in a Facebook post.

Carnival cruise ships aren't yet in service and had no guests on board when it came to the smaller boat's aid. A medical team on the Carnival Sensation evaluated and quarantined the passengers.

Carnival said all appropriate authorities, including the United States Coast Guard (USCG), were notified and the USCG dispatched a cutter to the scene to retrieve the 24 individuals.

This photo provided by Carnival Cruise Line shows people after being rescued by the company's ship off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported.

But many major cruise lines have canceled all sailings through 2020.

A cruise ship is pictured.

While cruising remains on pause, people living in some coastal regions are getting an unprecedented view in local waters.

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