Queen Elizabeth 2 Deployed to Rescue Injured Fisherman; Liner Diverts Course to Aid Fishing Vessel With Medical Emergency

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cunard Line Limited

    MIAMI, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cunard liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, was
 requested by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Wednesday to evacuate an
 injured crew member on board the Spanish fishing boat Siempre Juan Luis.  The
 crew member suffered severe facial injuries and required immediate medical
 attention.  Despite being 150 miles away from Siempre Juan Luis in the
 Atlantic, QE2 was the closest vessel in the area.
     Captain Paul Wright received the call in the afternoon, and he immediately
 turned the grand liner around from her east-bound course to make the five-hour
 journey to Siempre Juan Luis.  Upon arrival in the early evening, a rescue
 boat was launched from QE2 carrying six crew members who safely retrieved the
 wounded man despite difficult seas and potentially dangerous conditions.
 Currently, QE2 is back on course and will arrive at Ponta Delgada, Azores, on
 April 28 where the man will be off-loaded for additional medical attention.
     "Throughout history Cunard liners have been called to aid vessels in
 distressed situations, and we are always willing to help without hesitation,"
 said Deborah Natansohn, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Cunard
 Line.  "The waters of the Atlantic are familiar territory, and we are
 fortunate that QE2 was close enough to assist."
     With fully equipped Medical Facilities, two full-time doctors and three
 nurses, QE2 was prepared for the injuries suffered by the fishing boat crew
 member.  Currently under intensive care supervision, he is expected to make a
 full recovery.
     In a thank you message to Captain Wright and his crew, the Director of the
 Spanish Marine Safety and Rescue Agency wrote: "It has been great to see that
 the traditional seamanship and spirit of mutual help among seafarers still
 exists and is shown on board a prestigious vessel such as yours."
     Siempre Juan Luis, based out of Vigo, Spain, was on a routine fishing trip
 when the injury occurred.  The vessel will continue in the Atlantic with the
 remaining eight crew members and function as usual until her planned return at
 the end of May.
     QE2 is the only liner still operating scheduled transatlantic service, and
 sails regularly on six- and seven-day voyages between New York and
 Southampton, England.  She departed New York on April 20 to begin her
 transatlantic season, which runs throughout October.
 
     Cunard Line, one of the world's most recognized brand names with a classic
 British heritage, has been in the business of providing luxury ocean travel
 for more than 160 years.  The Cunard fleet includes famed Queen Elizabeth 2
 and Caronia.
     Cunard Line is a unit of Carnival Corporation (NYSE:   CCL) and a member of
 the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes
 Carnival Cruise Lines, Seabourn Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Costa
 Cruises and Windstar Cruises.  Together, these member lines share a commitment
 to quality and value, offering cruise vacations that appeal to the widest
 range of lifestyles and budgets and sail to some of the world's most exciting
 destinations.
 
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    MIAMI, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cunard liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, was
 requested by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Wednesday to evacuate an
 injured crew member on board the Spanish fishing boat Siempre Juan Luis.  The
 crew member suffered severe facial injuries and required immediate medical
 attention.  Despite being 150 miles away from Siempre Juan Luis in the
 Atlantic, QE2 was the closest vessel in the area.
     Captain Paul Wright received the call in the afternoon, and he immediately
 turned the grand liner around from her east-bound course to make the five-hour
 journey to Siempre Juan Luis.  Upon arrival in the early evening, a rescue
 boat was launched from QE2 carrying six crew members who safely retrieved the
 wounded man despite difficult seas and potentially dangerous conditions.
 Currently, QE2 is back on course and will arrive at Ponta Delgada, Azores, on
 April 28 where the man will be off-loaded for additional medical attention.
     "Throughout history Cunard liners have been called to aid vessels in
 distressed situations, and we are always willing to help without hesitation,"
 said Deborah Natansohn, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Cunard
 Line.  "The waters of the Atlantic are familiar territory, and we are
 fortunate that QE2 was close enough to assist."
     With fully equipped Medical Facilities, two full-time doctors and three
 nurses, QE2 was prepared for the injuries suffered by the fishing boat crew
 member.  Currently under intensive care supervision, he is expected to make a
 full recovery.
     In a thank you message to Captain Wright and his crew, the Director of the
 Spanish Marine Safety and Rescue Agency wrote: "It has been great to see that
 the traditional seamanship and spirit of mutual help among seafarers still
 exists and is shown on board a prestigious vessel such as yours."
     Siempre Juan Luis, based out of Vigo, Spain, was on a routine fishing trip
 when the injury occurred.  The vessel will continue in the Atlantic with the
 remaining eight crew members and function as usual until her planned return at
 the end of May.
     QE2 is the only liner still operating scheduled transatlantic service, and
 sails regularly on six- and seven-day voyages between New York and
 Southampton, England.  She departed New York on April 20 to begin her
 transatlantic season, which runs throughout October.
 
     Cunard Line, one of the world's most recognized brand names with a classic
 British heritage, has been in the business of providing luxury ocean travel
 for more than 160 years.  The Cunard fleet includes famed Queen Elizabeth 2
 and Caronia.
     Cunard Line is a unit of Carnival Corporation (NYSE:   CCL) and a member of
 the exclusive World's Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes
 Carnival Cruise Lines, Seabourn Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Costa
 Cruises and Windstar Cruises.  Together, these member lines share a commitment
 to quality and value, offering cruise vacations that appeal to the widest
 range of lifestyles and budgets and sail to some of the world's most exciting
 destinations.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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