Carnival Cruise Line’s flagship, the prime Mardi Grasagain participated in a rescue at sea, this time embarking four people on board a small boat.
The rescue took place on June 30, 2022, while the vessel was en route from Honduras on its way back to its home port in Florida.
Mardi Gras Save a rowboat
The incident happened on the afternoon of Thursday June 30, as the ship was enjoying a day of fun at sea while returning to Port Canaveral.
The cruise ship encountered the small launch, which was signaling distress, and stopped nearby to help. The four adult occupants of the lifeboat came alongside the vessel and were tossed with a rope to bring them closer to the vessel.
Mardi Gras‘cruise director, Lee Masonupdated guests on the ongoing rescue, noting that all four were safely brought on board.
The rowboat, which appeared older but in moderate condition, was left adrift and not recovered, although it is likely that at least some of the goods visible in the boat were also brought on board .
As is standard procedure in these types of rescues, those rescued will receive medical attention, food, water and shelter, while the cruise ship will contact the appropriate authorities to determine what will be done with them. them when they arrive in the United States.
Right now, Mardi Gras continues to Port Canaveral. The ship is currently sailing on a 7-night round-trip Western Caribbean itinerary, with stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, as well as the island of Roatan, Honduras. The Honduras stopover on Wednesday June 29 was the final leg of the voyage, with two days at sea before the ship returns to Port Canaveral on July 2.
No delays were reported and Mardi Gras should arrive at the scheduled time for disembarkation in Florida on Saturday. At that time, the rescued people will be transferred to the relevant authorities for further measures if necessary.
Several rescues in less than a year
Mardi Gras is Carnival Cruise Line‘s newest ship, having debuted on her maiden navigation 11 months ago, July 31, 2021. However, the ship is no longer new to sea rescues and has assisted several stranded ships and a number of refugees in its first year at sea.
During this very first trip, on August 2, 2021 after only two days of navigation, Mardi Gras encountered ship almost completely submerged, and immediately commenced search operations for any refugees or survivors of the wreck. None were located and the ship reported the new wreckage so that other sailors were aware of its location.
At the end of January 2022, the flagship of the Carnival responded to a motor boat stranded between Cuba and Mexicoand although the refugees were not brought on board the cruise ship – which is not mandatory – Mardi Gras provided the smaller boat with additional fuel and supplies to continue its journey safely.
On June 3, 2022, Mardi Gras rescued 16 people from another small boat near Cubathis time bringing the refugees on board due to bad weather and increased risk if they had remained on their small craft.
Cruise Hive applauds the dedication of Mardi Gras‘ officers and crew to the safety of all who are in danger at sea, and wish the vessel every success in future rescue and assistance operations.