A P&O Cruises Australia ship has come to the rescue of five stranded sailors yesterday. The Pacific Pearl intercepted a mayday from the sailors at about 5.00pm local time. They were on a yacht which they reported was taking in water fast off the Isle of Pines, south east of Noumea in New Caledonia.
Isle of Pines
The ship, which had not long before departed from the Isle of Pines, diverted to pick up the sailors, who were 12 miles away, dispatched its rescue boat and brought them back to the ship. They are all safe and well after their ordeal.
Pearl then continued on its way to Sydney for her scheduled arrival.
A statement from P&O Cruises Australia said: 'We're very proud of our Pacific Pearl team tonight after being called to assist five occupants of a stranded yacht that was taking on water off the Isle of Pines.
'Going to the aid of those in trouble at sea is a feature of maritime legend and practice.
'The five yacht occupants are safely onboard the beautiful Pearl and no doubt grateful at being rescued.
'Noumea maritime authorities have a vessel on the way to pick up the rescued sailors. Pearl will then continue on her way for her scheduled arrival in Sydney.'
The names and nationalities of the sailors have not been released.