Two sailors have been rescued by a Celebrity cruise ship after they ran aground on a remote island in the Pacific ocean.
Celebrity Solstice came to rescue of the male sailors after their 37-ft boat Hina Nui ran aground near Kiribati (Malden Island). U.S. Coast Guard stated the boat had been damaged badly after hitting a coral reef. Thanks to a satellite phone one of the sailors had been able to contact his wife, resulting in help from the near by ship.
According to Lt. j.g. Heidi Will, search and rescue coordinator at JRCC, the fact that those men had been well prepared with a satellite phone and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon had contributed to their successful rescue.
Mariners are advised to carry appropriate safety equipment so maritime emergencies are able to occur quickly to even the most experienced ones.
The wife contacted Coast Guard in Honolulu Wednesday evening. At the time Celebrity Solstice was 184 miles away but however, the closest boat to the remote island. Once the 121,878 GT ship arrived and after the sailors hiked to the island's other side they were transferred to the Celebrity ship at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Celebrity Solstice is on a 18day Tahitian treasures cruise from Sydney, Australia which started on April 3. The ship continued to her final port of call at Honolulu, Hawaii where she's expected to arrive on April 20. No delay has been announced.