The Carnival Spirit was involved in a rescue operation where six people were stranded on a luxury yacht on Tuesday morning.
The 85,900 gross ton vessel responded to call from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to help rescue people who were on a superyacht which was taking on water. The Masteka 2 yacht was located off the coast of Port Macquarie, New South Wales. The yacht also lost steering and had no choice but to activate emergency beacons.
The Carnival Spirit deployed its rescue boat to evacuate only 2 females from the stranded yacht after 5:00 AM. The remaining crew onboard stayed to try and do repairs. The AMSA deployed a search and rescue aircraft at around 9:45 AM where two dewatering pumps were dropped to help repair the small vessel.
In a statemnt sent from Carnival Australia, the Pacific Pearl operated by P&O Australai also responsded to the starnded yacht but was later released to continue with its voyage by authorities. The Carnival Spirit stayed longer for assitance and provided emergency supplies including fuel.
In a facebook post by the AMSA, the remaining crew did eventually stop the leak and are waiting for a tow back to port. The two rescued females will stay onboard the Carnival ship until it reaches the next port of call.
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Carnival Spirit is sailing a 10-day Pacific Isles cruise which departed Sydney, Australia on October 3. At the time the ship was sailing towards the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, it is the first port of call of the voyage. The ship did continue on its way once the rescue operation was complete.