Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues Stranded Sailor During Storm

While we’ve all heard horror stories arising out of Hurricane Irma’s destruction, the Carnival Elation and her crew wound up heroes thanks to an unusual twist of fate. In fact, a potential tragedy was avoided thanks to the Carnival Cruise Line vessel being in the right place at the right time.

A Carnival Cruise Ship Goes On A Rescue Mission

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When Hurricane Irma hit, the Carnival Elation was in the middle of a scheduled dry dock in Freeport, the main city on the island of Grand Bahama. In order to safely navigate the storm, the ship had to be floated out of dry dock until it was safe for her to return. When finally the weather had subsided to the point that Elation could return to dry dock on Sunday, September 10, she picked up on a distress signal.

It turned out that a United States citizen had been forced to abandon his vessel during the storm. His ship sank, leaving him stranded in a lifeboat. Despite strong winds, heavy swells and almost total darkness, the Elation responded to the distress call. The stranded sailor was brought safely on board and immediately provided with food, water and medical attention.

All’s Well That Ends Well

Unlike so many stories which have come out in the days following Hurricane Irma’s deadly assault on islands in the Caribbean and, later, most of the Florida coastline, this one has a happy ending. According to a Carnival Cruise Lines rep, the rescued part was brought safely back to Freeport. Since then, the Carnival CareTeam has been in contact with the man’s family and is working to help facilitate his return to the United States.

“We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the captain and crew of the Carnival Elation for their exemplary and life-saving actions.”

2 Responses

  1. I believe this is my uncle that your story is about based on the details mentioned. The entire family is grateful beyond words to the Carnival Elation, her captain and crew, and everyone that has had a hand in his rescue, care, and return to the US. I truly believe that God performed a miracle Sunday night and you all had a hand in that. From what my father (his brother) said after speaking to him Monday night, my uncle said everyone that was taking care of him aboard the cruise ship were all angels. Both of his brothers are flying in today to join his wife, children and grandchildren in welcoming him home. Carnival Elation and crew, you have touched so many lives in saving this beloved man. May the Lord bless you and keep you all.

  2. Brandy, we who have a close relationship with the Elation can tell you first hand, the crew does an outstanding job of keeping her guests happy. Your uncle and the Elation were in the right place at the right time. Carnival takes great pride in knowing how to step up to the plate when needed. May the Captain and Crew stand proud for the rescue of your uncle. God is good and may your family always be thankful the Elation was in the right place at the right time. Once she returns to Jacksonville later this month, consider cruising the Elation and experience the vacation of a lifetime with all the bells and whistles. We’ll see you there.

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