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We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcasts with the following Breaking News...

Late yesterday afternoon (the 19th), Spanish authorities in Tenerife contacted Oceania's Insignia about performing a rescue mission for a small boat with 40 souls on board that had lost power. Ours was the nearest vessel, about two hours away, capable of taking 40 people on board. Insignia arrived on the scene shortly after 8 pm, discovering at least 60 people on a small, open boat with no power. A large freighter was watching over them from a short distance away. Over the next several hours, Insignia's crew carried out a rescue mission in pretty rough seas.


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The skies were partly cloudy with a reasonably stiff breeze.

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 Approach and maneuvering.

The small boat was dead in the water, so Insignia did all the maneuvering.

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First view. Just a speck in the water, with a small blinking light.

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Spotlight shows the boat.


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Rough seas made getting the boat alongside a challenge. Kudos to the crew.

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Transfer to Insignia.

Sixty-eight people were assisted onto the ship, including three women and three children. Some appeared injured. We were later told they came from Senegal and had been on the boat for twenty days.

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While able to have two, the boat only had one small motor, and it failed. There were also no electronics or guidance systems.

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The guy in the green stayed until the last person was off and then got off.

After everyone was aboard, the crew searched the boat and removed three of the five souls that had not survived the journey (the other two had to be left due to rough seas). Three heroes from the Insignia crew boarded the boat and carried out the job. 

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Last man off (crew member)

Our new guests are housed in the ship's lounge and will be disembarked tomorrow at our next port on the island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. Thank you to the passengers who donated clothes, as all the arrivals' clothing was thrown away.

The captain and crew of Insignia did an incredible job carrying out a difficult rescue in rough seas. Special recognition goes to the three men who boarded the boat to carry out their duties.

Thank you, Insignia team!

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Rescue at sea


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