Grand Princess ship rescues 2 sailors at sea near Wilsons/Gippsland (Australia)

   March 21, 2023 ,   Accidents

A Princess Cruises' ship helped save a pair who were found clinging to a dinghy after their boat took on water off Wilsons Promontory (Gippsland, southeast Victoria, Australia).

A 29-year-old woman and 58-year-old man left Queenscliff early Monday, March 20th, and were traveling to Port Albert. However, by 10 pm, they had lost fuel and gotten into trouble off Skull Rock.

The two were forced to abandon their vessel and get into a dinghy attached to it, before setting off an EPIRB (emergency beacon) to get help.

A police helicopter team located them at about midnight and organized for staff from the Grand Princess ship in Bass Strait to send a rescue craft to the pair.

The woman and the man were taken aboard the liner and avoided injury.

Grand Princess cruise ship

In a statement, a Grand Princess spokesperson said that after being secured onboard, they had both been assessed by the medical team with no major injuries.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our crew led by our Captain Christopher Lye as well as our colleagues at Victorian Police on this incredible outcome."

Grand Princess is currently sailing on a 13-day, roundtrip New Zealand voyage from Melbourne (Victoria Australia).

For more Grand Princess incidents and accidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.