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Cruise ship moored off Florida rescues 24 people from sinking boat

(CNN) – Cruise ships are mostly idle due to the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped a “ghost ship” from going into action to rescue 24 people from a sinking boat.

Carnival Sensation, an 855-foot ship that typically holds more than 2,000 passengers, spotted the boat in international waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, according to Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Sensation is one of hundreds of cruise lines currently operating without passengers and with a skeleton crew after Covid-19 closes the cruise industry

In a statement, Carnival Cruise Line said its ship had gone to the aid of the sinking boat and provided passengers on board with blankets, life jackets, food and water.

The passengers were being put on board Carnival Sensation when the smaller boat started taking in water.

Courtesy Carnival Cruise Line

When the smaller boat began to take in water, the 24 passengers were rescued and brought on board the cruise ship.

On board, Carnival Sensation’s medical team looked at the rescued passengers, said the cruise line said and made sure they were kept away from the crew.

The passengers – reportedly of various nationalities and including two children – were later brought ashore by the US Coast Guard.

Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Sensation Rescue (2)

The passengers of the smaller boat were provided with life jackets, blankets and water.

Courtesy Carnival Cruise Line

Most of the world’s cruise lines are currently out of service and operate outside of ports such as Fort Lauderdale in Florida and Southampton in the UK. The limited crew keeps them ready.

However, many major cruise lines have canceled all trips through 2020.

According to the CDC, there were 102 Covid-19 outbreaks on 124 different cruise lines from March 1 to September 28, 2020.

While the cruise remains on pause, people in some coastal areas get unprecedented views of the local waters.

Paul Derham started the initiative in the summer, but plans to continue guiding cruise fans through the fall when the weather is nice.

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