Adventure of the Seas
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Two men have been rescued by a Royal Caribbean cruise ship after being adrift at sea for weeks.

Adventure of the Seas which is a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean has come to the rescue of two fishermen. St Lucian Times reports that a small fishing boat had engine failure around 49 km off the coast of the Eastern Caribbean island St Lucia. The local fishermen were last heard from on May 20 until their rescue.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship spotted the drifting fishing vessel around 800 km off the St Lucian coast. There was originally three men on the stranded boat but one of them jumped overboard and sadly has not been found.

After spending 23 days adrift no doubt the ships medical staff attended to the remaining two fishermen who are now in a healthy condition. Adventure of the Seas called in Curacao on June 13 where the fishermen finally stepped foot on land again. The cruise ship continued to sail its week-long Southern Caribbean cruise after its scheduled call at the island of Curacao.

The cruise ship is scheduled to arrive back at its homeport in San Juan, Puerto Roco on June 17. Adventure of the Seas is 137,000 gross tons and can carry over 3,000 guests at double occupancy.

This lucky rescue reminds us of when a Chinese woman was rescued after being overboard for 38 hours in the ocean in August 2016. This also involved a Royal Caribbean ship.