A cruise ship came to the aid of a small boat that was taking on water off the coast of Florida. The Carnival Sensation was in international waters about 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach when the crew noticed the vessel struggling in the water.
The cruise ship maneuvered alongside the smaller boat and provided life jackets, blankets, food, and water to people on board. When the crew noticed the boat was sinking, they rescued the 24 passengers and brought them onto the massive 855-foot long vessel.
The rescued passengers were checked out by the Sensation's medical staff and quarantined from the rest of the crew. The crew then contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, which sent a cutter to retrieve the 24 individuals.
According to the Miami Herald, there were two children in the boat, and the passengers were of various nationalities.
The Sensation was operating with a skeleton crew and was not carrying any passengers. Cruise ships are currently barred from operating under a No Sail Order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The order, which has been extended multiple times, is set to expire at the end of October.
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