Princess Cruises to return to Tahiti in autumn 2020
Princess Cruises is to return to Tahiti in autumn 2020 with the 670-guest Pacific Princess after a five-year absence. Homeporting in Tahiti, Pacific Princess will offer roundtrips to various islands in French Polynesia, including Huahine, Rangiroa and Moorea. Each sailing will include overnight calls in Tahiti’s capital Papeete and Bora Bora, as well as a late-night stay in Raiatea.
Medevac on Poverty Bay
The Lion Foundation Coastguard boat was called out in the night of Feb 13, 2019, to get an unwell passenger off the "Pacific Princess" that called into Poverty Bay at 6.15 p.m. A couple of St John ambulance paramedics were taken out to the ship who transferred the patient off the ship and on to the Coastguard boat despite a significant swell out in the bay. The woman, aged in her 40s, was taken to the port area to a waiting ambulance and was transported to Gisborne Hospital. She was admitted to the intensive care ward and was in a stable condition.
Cruise ship rescued three fishermen of sunken cutter
On Aug 25, 2018, the Belgian trawler "Sonja - Z 19", 159 GT (IMO: 7524627), sank in eight Beaufort winds with a five-member crew on board off Great Yarmouth. In addition to a rescue helicopter from Humberside the RNLI boat from Gorleston, a lifeboat from Caister and other ships participated n the SAR operation. The crew of the "Pacific Princess" was able to pick up three of the castaways 25 miles from Norfolk. They had launched an emergency flare, and the ship was heading for the position. Actually it wanted to give the raft only shelter from the wind, until the Coastguard had arrived, but at 6.30 p.m. it came in such a favourable position that a fallreep was deployed, where the fishermen could climb up. One of them fell into the water, but was able to hold on to the gangway and be pulled back into the liferaft, in order to successfully try it a second time. Then the search for two more, still missing fishermen went on. After two hours, the "Pacific Princess" continued the journey from Rosyth to Dover. Here the castaways were dropped off. The British Coast Guard coordinated the further search, during which the corpses of the two missing men were discovered and recovered by the crew of a helicopter. The rescue units then were stood down returned to their bases. The maritime rescue coordination center in Oostende launced an investigation into whether the cutter could have had a ground contact before sinking. Report with photos and video: https://news.sky.com/story/two-sailors-missing-after-three-are-rescued-in-north-sea-by-passing-cruise-ship-11482470Upload News