Coast Guard presents award to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for rescuing migrants

7th Coast Guard District NewsKEY WEST, Fla.- Capt. Pat DeQuattro, Coast Guard Sector Key West Commander, presented Michael Ronan, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Vice President of Marine Operations, with a Public Service Commendation, Tuesday.

Capt. DeQuattro commended the captain of the cruise ship, Patrik Dahlgren, for “acting in a true humanitarian intervention, without regard to delay of service to his passengers or the possibility of damage to his vessel.”

The Navigator of the Seas was transiting from Cozumel, Mexico to Port Everglades, Fla., May 1, when it encountered nine Cuban migrants on a partially inflated raft northwest of Havana, Cuba. Quickly realizing the raft was taking on water, and that there were no Coast Guard assets close by, Captain Dahlgren and his crew launched a small boat to assist. The crew was able to safely remove all migrants from the raft and transfer them to the cruise ship. They provided comfort and initial medical attention while waiting for a Coast Guard Cutter to arrive on scene.

The Coast Guard Public Service Commendation is intended to recognize recipients’ courage or initiative in advancing one or more of the Coast Guard’s missions in a limited geographical area.

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