DAY 5 - Caribbean Cruise - Witnessed A Fishing Boat Sink
As per schedule, we were to arrive at the French/Dutch island of Saint Maarten at 6AM. 5AM, I was awakened by noise of something being hoisted down the ship. I glanced at the ocean just outside our balcony and noticed that the ship seemed to be standing still. I jumped off the bed and looked outside and noticed that the ship was actually doing a 180. And I thought that was strange; I could not see any port close by!
Few minutes later, I saw the rescue boat speeding away from us (that was the source of the banging noise, I guess). It was heading towards another boat that I could hardly see. I quickly grabbed my camera and mounted my 100-400mm telezoom lens. By the time I saw them through my zoom lens, they were all heading back towards our ship. I zoomed back at this sport fishing boat they just left behind and can't help notice that it was actually sinking.
The story from captain over the emergency monitors on our suites was that -- the ship received a radio call for help from the Port of Saint Maarten of a fishing boat in distress just an hour away from the port. Luckily for these 2 guys, our ship was on the vicinity and was the first one to respond. Within 5 minutes of rescueing them from their fishing boat, the boat sank right within my zoom view. Eerie!
on board Freedom of the Seas - Royal Caribbean Cruise
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