The ms Zuiderdam which is operated by Holland America Line has become the first hero of 2015 by coming to the rescue of crew members onboard a sinking vessel in the Caribbean.
While the ship was sailing towards Aruba on January 3rd, 2015 it came across a distress call 2:10 am from the Excalibur. The ship is a Bahamian inter-island vessel and it was sinking with 8 crew members onboard. The Zuiderdam was only 15 miles away and the closest ship to respond.
The Holland America cruise ship changed course to rescue the crew members during a nightime operation. the crew members were taken onboard the 81,800 ton cruise ship and provided them with food and accommodation. In situations like this it;s also common for the ship medical staff to check them out. The cruise line announced that the crew members then disembarked the ship on Jan 5th.
“Congratulations to the officers and crew onboard Zuiderdam for their quick response that saved the lives of eight people,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “We are proud to be able to come to the rescue when called upon, and it’s even more gratifying when everything goes as smoothly as this operation did.”
Zuiderdam currently is in the middle of a 10-night Panama Canal cruise round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that departed Jan. 2 with calls at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Oranjestad, Aruba: Willemstad, Curacao; andPuerto Limon, Costa Rica in addition to a partial Panama Canal transit.
In addition, on Jan. 4 ms Zaandam came to the aid of seven crewmembers from the sailing yacht Polonus that were staying at the Arctowski Polish research station at King George Island in Antarctica. The crew, all Polish nationals, were stranded after their yacht went aground. They are being taken to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will disembark Jan. 11.