If you were a passenger on the Carnival Magic, you would have had a late start to your day in Messina due to the Jean Michelle. On July 18th, a motor yacht was sailing on the turbulent waters of the Mediterranean very close to the 130,000-ton cruise ship. Its engine power went out causing it to uncontrollably bounce in the strong seas. In fear of preventing the worst from happening (a possible capsize), the crew of the yacht, consisting of a father and sun, contacted the Carnival Magic, which was quietly sailing nearby. This was at 12:10 a.m.
The Carnival Magic, ready to try its own “magic”, agreed to come to the rescue of the Jean Michelle. Without regards to the hour, guests filled the outside area of the ship, eager to document and witness this dramatic moment. The father and son would not abort the Jean Michelle. Instead, the Carnival Magic became a barricade between the strong violent waves and wind and the small innocent yacht, serving as the yacht’s protector and savior for over four hours while patiently awaiting a rescue boat.
A good ending came from the roadblock of the Carnival Magic. The Spanish Coast Guard rescued the boat and the two member crew, and they now reside safely in Majorca. Carnival Magic, the hero of the night, went on its way just a few hours behind schedule. Take a look at Carnival’s Senior Cruise Director John Heald’s blog which describes the heroic efforts in more detail.
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