P&O Cruises’ has reported that one of its fleet, Pacific Dawn, today rescued three seafarers who were forced to abandon their sinking yacht off New Caledonia.
Pacific Dawn was asked by marine rescue authorities in Noumea to go to the aid of the stricken vessel after the seafarers sent out a distress call.
The ship with around 2000 passengers onboard was close to the area and immediately changed course to assist.
“Pacific Dawn and her crew have followed the finest traditions of the sea by going to the aid of fellow seafarers in peril at sea,” said Sture Myrmell, President of P&O Cruises Australia.
“It is wonderful to know that all three seafarers are now safe and well and being cared for onboard Pacific Dawn.”
The three seafarers were able to call next of kin to let them know “all was well”.
At the time Pacific Dawn was on the way back to her home-port in Brisbane after a seven-night cruise to the South Pacific.
Early reports from the scene were that the yacht sank as the crew from a tender vessel from Pacific Dawn were plucking the three stranded seafarers from their life raft.
The ship’s Captain gave passengers regular updates throughout the sea rescue mission.