2 Fishermen Dead, 3 Rescued by Passing Cruise Ship in North Sea

By ,   August 26, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

Rescuers and ships were called off their search for 2 sailors whose fishing boat sank, after their bodies were found off England's east coast.

Three others were rescued from a life raft by a Princess Cruises ship, prompting travelers to applaud as they were brought onboard.

According to the coastguard operations controller, Aimee Rampton, the helicopter had located the two bodies of the missing crew close to the sunken fishing ship wreckage.

Crew on Pacific Princess lowered a ladder to the fishermen after the ship's captain responded to distress flare in the North Sea, around 25 miles off Norfolk coast.

Pacific Princess cruise ship

After 2 hours of continuing to search, the cruiser continued to Dover and Coastguard remained to coordinate the hunt.

A Humberside search and rescue helicopter, RNLI lifeboats from Gorleston, along with an independent lifeboat from Caister and other ships were involved in the search.

The Princess ship was on 8-day Around Britain cruise at the time of accident, on her way back to Dover UK.

For other Pacific Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.