(CNN)The two sailors had been stranded on their boat for nearly three weeks. They were adrift and out of fuel, low on fresh water, and surviving off what fish they managed to catch.
Their salvation came on Friday in an unexpected form: a massive cruise ship with 11 decks, a dining room, cafe, and specialty grille, four bars, a “vitality spa,” and a rock-climbing wall to boot.
The Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas cruise ship discovered the two stranded mariners in a small fishing vessel Friday night halfway between Grand Cayman and Jamaica, spokesman Ted Miller told CNN.
The chance encounter was only possible because the cruise ship had been rerouted from Cienfuegos, Cuba to Ocho Rios, Jamaica due to inclement weather, he said.
The cruise ship spotted a signal light at 7 p.m. Friday evening, and then reduced speed and moved toward the small vessel. The cruise ship contacted Grand Cayman and Jamaica rescue centers, but they said they were unable to provide assistance, Miller said.
So just minutes before 10 p.m., the cruise ship lowered a smaller boat known as a tender and safely recovered the two sailors, Miller said.
The two mariners were given water and medical attention on board the ship and there were no injuries reported, Miller said.
The boaters, who were fishermen, had originally set sail from Costa Rica. As they slept overnight, their boat drifted away from their fishing gear due to the bad weather, Miller said. They ran out of fuel trying to get back, he added.
James Van Fleet, Royal Caribbean’s chief meteorologist, tweeted more details and photos of the rescue. He said that the fishermen told the cruise ship’s crew they only had enough food and water for seven days. The water was the primary issue, and they tried to fish for food.
One of the fisherman was so weak he could not walk, so the crew carried him to the tender and then on board, Van Fleet wrote.
The sailors were taken off the ship at Ocho Rios, Jamaica for medical attention. The cruise ship’s crew gave them $300 to buy clothes and food as they left the hospital.
“Had we not changed itinerary to get to better weather, we would never have been in that spot at that time. Sometimes a little luck is all you need for a miracle,” he wrote on Twitter.
CarvlyCreate visuals and videos, Share to Drive Traffic, Generate Leads, Build Authority online.
iPhone Video Expert PLATINUMiPhone Video Expert PLATINUM
This is the highest level of the iPhone Video Training course.
Bring your iPhone videos to life with funky titles, shallow depth-of-field, motion graphics, colour grading, stablisation, stock video and more...
Discover pro t
Ultimate Traffic Training / APM Marketing Partner ProgramYou get instant access to the Ultimate Traffic Training today. You then have 7 days to take the test. Pass the test and youand#39;ll be invited to a behind the scenes tour and have 1st refusal of becoming my Marketing Partner for the next 7 days.
Leads Profiter - WP Alterzon ProLeads Profiter Is The First Ever Software
On Jvzoo for Quickly Building A
List and Raking Profit Online On Complete AutoPilot
Without Investing In Any Other Tool
lifetime website trafficGet Unlimited Website Traffic For The Life Of Your Website! Start Receiving Traffic To Your Website Within Minutes Not Days! Your Campaign Will Be Instantly Activated!
Soci Jam Extreme MembershipSoci Jam Software with massive upgrade/pro feature bundle, extreme template access and ongoing training materials
Project X Professional Trades Pack 1Project X is a totally unique product that will allow you to create unique lead generation videos branded to your needs! Project X Pro takes things to a whole new level! Create multiple videos/thumbnails with just a few clicks.
LA2LA2:Lazy Affiliate 2.0 by Mark Bishop - Easy Affiliate Commissions backed up by 12 months of proof.
Livecaster 3 Reseller 250Livecaster is a powerful software that can cast scheduled videos live on YouTube, Facebook and any other live casting website . Sell this powerful automation software without even bothering to create a single video or going live. We give you a mini websit
WP Toolkit (onetime)600+ Premium Themes and Plugins with Developers Rights
WP Toolkit is a simply massive library of Premium WordPress Tools, offered at literally ‘pennies on the dollar’, complete with Developers rights...
DropGecko Pro MembershipPro level access for incredible traffic solutions and 7 extra bonuses with this groundbreaking software giving you the complete solution for the easiest access to profitable Dropship stores, complete with 1-click shipping and customer fulfilment.
Video Character Grab BagA selection of professionally designed characters for use in your animated videos. Use in Explaindio, VideoMakerFX and more!
TubeSYNC - MultiTubeSync is a video backup cloud solution to protect your YouTube accounts.
Tappit ProGet this Breakthrough Automated Software Builds Self-Generating and Buyer-Driven Funnels Using AI Analysed Links and Generates Leads and Profits On The Way Without Lifting A Finger
MY VIDEOS APP - 5 Apps PRO UPGRADE MonthlyMy Videos App is a cloud-based, template-based video app creation system. It is a video application that allows you to sell videos using In-App Purchase on iPhone/ iPad, Android devices, and Amazon Kindle.
WP Proficom Done For You StoresSetting up an Ecommerce Store is a humongous task. We’ve got 10 ready-made Woocommerce stores with everything in place.
Just setup these stores on your Wordpress, and you’re all set to start selling and reap in profits. These stores can save you a lot o
Video ToolChestVideo ToolChest is a collection of 10 main tools and some tools can be used for multiple purposes. Each tool provides a solution for a problem we've been asked about repeatedly by users of our other applications and by users of video and animation tools b
LaunchShark Volume 1 Second ChanceBuild 6 Figure Sales Funnels... Even If Optimizepress Makes You Curse Out Loud...
I design for 6 figure product launchers... now I want to give YOU the same pages I built for them!
List Janitor ELITE MONTHLYList Janitor removes duplicates emails from single or multiple lists. It removes role emails and spam traps. It can verify domain validity (mail server validity) and also verify each email address exists using SMTP technology.
It can merge lists, find com
Insta Video Agency- Elite ToolkitGet your hands on 4 Brand New InstaConsultant Toolkits at HUGE 80% Discount for Serving Clients in 4 RED HOT Niches to Charge them BIG BUCKS!!! Discount available only for Limited Time!
DFY BonusesPremium WordPress plugins from Brett with full giveaway rights
Enlightened Millionaire Mentorship (Level 3) Payment 1/2Enlightened Millionaire Intensive - Personalized mentoring for meeting specific goals for both business owners and their team to maximize productivity w/ cutting-edge personal development and unique business growth acceleration strategies for reaching 7-f
VisualReel - LiteVisualReel is a visual content builder. It lets you create and share Cinemagraphs, Memes and Quote-Pictures using its massive library of 1000s of videos and images.
Mobiflux Developer Edition EliteGet the developer rights to WP Mobiflux and legally implement WP Mobiflux on your client’s side. Just tell them that what all they can do with WP Mobiflux and how they can get sales and leads.
Then, just install it on their site and charge them a setup
The Traffic Monopoly Go Pro*MASTER* Rolodex With Over 391 (and counting...) Instant, Highly Targeted, PROVEN, Tried and Tested Traffic Sources With More Discounted Rates...plus SUPERCHARGE your business for MAXIMUM ROI with our simple ‘swipe and steal’ Go Pro Upgrade.
Recurring Revenue 101Recurring revenue. If you don't have it, your business is dying a slow but steady death every single day. Here's how I create predictable and steady monthly income whether you decide to work or not.