QM2 assists yachts in mid Atlantic rescue

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#1
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The BBC news is reporting that 3 boats in distress mid Atlantic have been assisted and the stranded sailers have been taken onboard the QM2.

Well done to the coast guard rescue boats involved and Cunard for helping out in an emergency.
#2
Iowa
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Originally posted by Eglesbrech
The BBC news is reporting that 3 boats in distress mid Atlantic have been assisted and the stranded sailers have been taken onboard the QM2.

Well done to the coast guard rescue boats involved and Cunard for helping out in an emergency.
Thanks for posting. I just found this story on the BBC web site.

Yacht crews rescued after Atlantic storm

Regards,
John
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#3
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Was on board once when the QE2 did at sea participated in a rescue.

Very impressive and Very proud..
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#4
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Well done to Captain Christopher Wells and crew. Being in a small boat in a vast ocean, and learning that help is coming to your aid must be an indescribable relief, and seeing the mighty QM2 coming into view must be a very welcome sight. I am so pleased that this potentially terrible incident has such a great ending for lone sailor Mervyn Wheatley.
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#5
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Thank goodness it ended well. If the QM2 is full where would they put the sailors? With the crew or officers? Just curious.
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#6
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Originally posted by babs135
Thank goodness it ended well. If the QM2 is full where would they put the sailors? With the crew or officers? Just curious.


The code of the sea is that they are entitled to grills cabins.


Joking - expect they take what is available. And are grateful for it.
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#8
Mississauga, Canada
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According to Captain Wells, the rescued skipper was able to change into dry clothes and partake of afternoon tea with "proper scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam."

I'm sure he will have a lot more than afternoon tea before the QM2 arrives in Halifax on the 13th.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s...land-1.4155026
#9
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Originally posted by david,Mississauga
According to Captain Wells, the rescued skipper was able to change into dry clothes and partake of afternoon tea with "proper scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam."

I'm sure he will have a lot more than afternoon tea before the QM2 arrives in Halifax on the 13th.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s...land-1.4155026

What? No Champers???!!!
#10
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There was an unusual 3 days' storm in Northern Europe as well. What a relief for the skippers it must have been to see my Queen Mary coming to rescue them. She saved their lives!
#11
UK
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But would his dry clothes allow him into the MDR on formal nights?
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#13
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Not sure where he's sleeping. We were told by Osman at dinner last night that he dined in the Princess Grill restaurant.

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#14
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I'm sure he could be provided with formal wear from the rentals available on board. I've also heard that housekeeping maintains the "Forgotten Closet". These are unclaimed clothing items that were unwanted and left behind by passengers. The items are cleaned and made available to passengers whose luggage was lost.

Since his adventure has a happy ending, Cunard will undoubtedly consider his story good publicity.
#16
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This was truly the most exciting experience of our crossing. Just about everyone watched the rescue outside on the blustery sunny day, and then viewed the Q & A between the Captain, Cruise Director, and the rescued yachtsman. Moving experience and unlike anything I've ever experienced on any other ship or crossing.
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I heard on a radio programme this week, the gentlemen who was reduced by the QM2, had previously spoken badly about why he doesn't like and would not ever consider doing a cruise holiday.
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#18
Northeastern Ohio
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I am hoping for an Enrichment Lecture on our late July Westbound crossing on the rescue, perhaps featuring Captain Wells and also members of the QM2 fast rescue craft----must have involved a lot of skill and lot of practice.

David
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A well written article on the rescue can be found here:
http://www.beyondships2.com/queen-ma...ue-at-sea.html

The author was on the ship. I was also on the ship.
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