Two of Carnival Australia’s locally based ships — Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Spirit and P&O Cruises’ Pacific Pearl were asked to sail to the aid of a disabled yacht with six people on board off Australia’s east coast 280 nautical miles north east of Sydney.
It is the second time in little more than a week that Carnival Australia ships have been involved in marine rescues at sea. Last week the locally based Sun Princess, which is in Sydney today, rescued five people adrift in a disabled vessel off Vanuatu.
In the latest incident, Pacific Pearl was released from the marine rescue operation by Australian marine search and rescue authorities. Carnival Spirit has been asked to stand by the disabled craft pending the arrival of further assistance.
Two female crew members from the stricken yacht were expected to receive medical assistance on board Carnival Spirit. Air drops of pumps and tools have been made to the stricken yacht. Carnival Spirit has provided emergency supplies including fuel.
Today’s operation involving Pacific Pearl and Carnival Spirit is in line with maritime tradition of ships diverting to go to the aid of fellow seafarers in distress.
In last week’s operation the five people rescued by Sun Princess were family members of a senior Vanuatu Government minister who expressed his thanks for the help provided.