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Carnival cruise ship rescues two men stranded in Gulf of Mexico

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Crew members of a Carnival cruise ship rescued two men stranded in the Gulf of Mexico Monday.

Workers aboard the Carnival Jubilee spotted the pair paddling in a small yellow and orange kayak off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

The men paddled the kayak alongside the large cruise ship and the crew helped them up onto the vessel, according to the cruise line and photos of the rescue.

They said their boat had sank and they used the kayak to stay afloat, Carnival said in a statement.

Once safely aboard the cruise ship, the pair were evaluated by Carnival’s medical staff and given first aid as well as food and water.

Crew members let Carnival’s fleet operation center staff in Miami know of their rescue and both contacted Mexican Navy officials. They arranged a transfer and a Navy boat came to pick up the two kayakers soon after the initial rescue, Carnival said.

The men said their boat sank and they used a kayak to stay afloat in the Gulf of Mexico. Carnival
Carnival ship crew members spotted the pair and helped bring them aboard. Carnival

The cruise ship then continued with its voyage — heading to Mahogany Bay, Roatan which it visited on Tuesday.

The rescue is the second time a Carnival ship has saved people stranded in the ocean in a little more than a month.

Crew on the Carnival Vista ship rescued six men who were floating on a life raft in the dark ocean off the Dominican Republic on Dec. 13.

The captain received an emergency alert about the stranded men and immediately steered the ship towards them — and away from its planned course — to save them.

The Mexican Navy then came to the cruise ship by boat to pick up the rescued men. Carnival
The Carnival Jubilee continued on with its scheduled journey after the rescue. dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images

Carnival officers aboard the ship spotted the men on a bright orange, reflective life raft through the darkness of the early morning and brought them aboard the ship.

The men’s small cargo vessel had capsized overnight and another six who were on the boat were on another life raft — which was later located and rescued by the Coast Guard.

The dramatic rescue was filmed by a Carnival Vista passenger who posted the clip to TikTok. One person off-camera can be heard exclaiming how “insane” the experience was in the video.

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