Royal Caribbean cruise ship assists distressed sailors off Bermuda

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District command center are coordinating a rescue 850 miles east of Bermuda with the assistance of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Celebrity Equinox, Friday afternoon.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., the watchstanders received a notification from a member of the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre Bremen, Germany, stating that there were five German nationals aboard a 43-foot catamaran in need of assistance.

The reporting source said that the crew is worried about running out of diesel fuel. The vessel is also reported to have a possible broken mast and one inoperative engine.

Using AMVER, the Automated mutual-assistance vessel rescue system, the Coast Guard asked the captain of the Celebrity Equinox to assist the sailors in distress.

The German nationals were en route to the archipelago of the Azores, Portugal.

The Celebrity Equinox was en route from Fort Lauderdale to Europe.

Update: a video shot by one of the passengers of the Celebrity Equinox of the rescue can be seen at

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  1. John Lokenberg says:

    We were sailing aboard the Equinox at the time of the rescue. Everyone was very happy we could help. We’re all proud of the Captain who managed the rescue. By the time we ‘caught’ the Cat it was getting dark, but they were able to receive their much needed fuel from us.
    All of our fellow passengers were supportive of the rescue. The Captain was able to get us to our next port, which happened to also be Ponta DelGada in the Azores on time, in spite of the diversion from the original course.

  2. I was also on the Equinox and shot this 5-minute video of the exciting rescue:

  3. cgnews says:

    Thank you. I’ve added a link to the story, Twitter and Facebook.