I'm here! What an amazing job the Captain and crew did today. Capt Stringer came on the PA around 12:30 statinng "Man Overboard" at first, but I guess this is the way they get the rescue crew to muster. We altered our course and made it to the area in about 45 minutes to where the USCG C-130 was searching. The Capt gave us an update every 15 minutes. Finally, when we were is the search area the ships horn sounded indicating that a raft was spotted. The ship slowed and turned and the high speed rescue craft was launched. Two survivors of the plane crash were brought aboard the rescue craft and brought back to the ship. The rescue crew then went to retrieve the life raft so that it was not mistaken left floating at sea. Capt Stinger and his crew deserve a ton of credit for their professionalism.
On a side note, the only bizzare thing of this whole situation...we are all standing at the railing looking for signs of life, with the Captain giving us updates every 15 minutes. You would think that all other use of the PA system would be suspended....Nope....the Art folks felt it was very important to make sure EVERYONE knew there was a big art auction beginning soon. I hope Capt Stringer has that person Keel Hauled for such a stupid announcement during a very serious situation.