Fishermen Stranded At Sea For 20 Days Rescued By Cruise Ship

'Had we not changed itinerary to get to better weather, we would never have been in that spot at that time," wrote the Chief Meteorologist for Royal Caribbean

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Fishermen Stranded At Sea For 20 Days Rescued By Cruise Ship

Pictures of the rescue were shared on Twitter.


Two Costa Rican fishermen, adrift at sea for 20 days, were rescued by a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on Friday. "Extremely proud of Royal Caribbean #EmpressoftheSeas Officers and Crew. 2 Mariners had been at Sea for 20 days between Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Had we not changed itinerary to get to better weather, we would never have been in that spot at that time," wrote the Chief Meteorologist for Royal Caribbean International, James Van Fleet, on Twitter.

According to Mr Van Fleet, the fishermen were found in a small boat. He shared pictures of the rescue on Twitter.

In an update posted 11 hours ago, he also shared details about the incident. According to Mr Van Fleet, the two fishermen had been adrift at sea since December 1. They had left Porto Limon in Costa Rica to cast their nets, but their boat was blown away into the sea after they fell asleep.

"They ran out of gas trying to get back and were adrift for those 20 days."

They had only enough food and water for seven days, and when they were eventually found, one of the fishermen was so weak that he had to be carried onboard. Once onboard the cruise ship, they were given medical checkups, food, water and clothes. Before they got off at Ocho Rios, the ship crew also raised $300 for them.

Calling the rescue an "absolute miracle" Mr Van Fleet added that the Royal Caribbean cruise took a detour from its normal itinerary because of last week's storm, and would have not located the castaways otherwise.

"Sometimes a little luck is all you need for a miracle," he said.

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