Posted January 17th, 2010, 10:31 PM
Last edited by Pam in CA; January 17th, 2010 at 10:32 PM
We arrived on the scene at about 5:15pm. The Captain announced that it was a fishing vessel, the Calypso (probably a tuna fisher) that had sunk at 2am the night before and three crew members had been rescued. We joined several ships and Colombian search & rescue until about 6:30pm when it got too dark to search. The vessels were released from the search then; the Colombian air search would continue with heat technology. We are now on our way to Aruba and are expected to arrive more or less on time.
Unfortunately, the missing fishing vessel crew are probably lost.
There are probably 12 - 13 still missing. That's a long time to be in the water.
I went to the front of deck 10 from about 4:30pm until 5:30pm. There were a few others there and man, were we going fast! Those of us on deck were almost plastered against the bulkhead until the ship slowed down and changed course. I don't think the stabilizers were out because we were bouncing all over the place. We did see some debris but have no idea of that was from the fishing boat. There were about 4 or 5 ships doing a search pattern.
I think Captain Bilton is absolutely awesome. He kept us up-to-date and informed about everything that was going on. And, he apologized for the "inconvenience."
I've got some photos of the ships searching and the officers on the bridge on the lookout which I'll post when I get home.
Cruise has been great. Sunny every single day; no rain (yet.) Excursion Desk sucks (more later on that.)
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