Passengers on a cruise ship witnessed a life-saving show on Tuesday when crew members of the Regal Princess helped rescue two plane crash victims in the Caribbean Sea.
7News Miami reports that the cruise ship was on its way to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a seven-night journey when the small private plane went down 23 miles southeast of the Grand Turk Island in Turks and Caicos.
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The Federal Aviation Administration contacted the U.S. Coast Guard who then alerted the nearest ship — the Regal Princess.
The crew deployed a lifeboat to rescue the two men and it was all captured on video.
“Amazing while onboard the Regal Princess we just witnessed our crew and the US Coast Guard rescue 2 people from the Caribbean that were victims of a plane crash @PrincessCruises @uscoastguard thank you for being so incredible!!!” one person shared on Twitter.
On a cruise and just watched @USCG and @PrincessCruises Regal crew rescue two people that ditched a light plane in the Atlantic Ocean. Look for the raft and @USCG plane in the photo #Heroes pic.twitter.com/nCetLZLA93
— Sean Baldwin (@rseanbaldwin) March 5, 2019
According to another Twitter user on board, “2 people rescued by our Princess cruise staff after small aircraft went down in the Atlantic. All appear okay.”
Brandon Cobos, a passenger from Chattanooga, Tenn., told 7News that he was worried the situation was more dire once he heard the captain announce that there were people overboard.
“I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. Someone jumped off.’ It’s the kind of thing you see on social media or hear about, and then a few minutes later at the end of it, the announcement was that it was an aircraft we were going to rescue. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s still crazy,’” he said.
A wife of one of the men rescued from the downed plane told the outlet that she is grateful that everything worked out and is hopeful her husband can return home as soon as possible.
Princess Cruises released the following statement: “Princess Cruises can confirm that upon request from the U.S. Coast Guard, Regal Princess assisted in the rescue of two U.S. citizens, whose private aircraft went down southeast of Grand Turk in the Caribbean Sea.”
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