Italian cruise ship MSC Poesia assisted the United States Coast Guard with the rescue of four passengers from a small, capsized boat over the weekend off the Miami coast.
MSC Poesia was had departed Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday heading for a Western Caribbean cruise when the boat was spotted at about 9 p.m.
Giacomo Romano notified the US Coast Guard. The rescue efforts took about 30 minutes. All four people survived 12-hours in the choppy and cold waters, and were safely taken onboard the US Coast Guard vessel.
After the rescue, MSC Poesia continued her voyage without any delays to Key West, her next port-of- call on the 7-night cruise.
One of the survivors expressed his gratitude for the rescue. “It was challenging to stay positive. The MSC Poesia was one of our last chances for survival. Our families owe you our lives,” said Michael Colon.