Monday, January 26, 2015

Veendam Rescues Pilot of Ditched Aircraft

Over the weekend, Holland America’s Veendam was involved in a rather unusual rescue off the coast of Maui.

A small plane was having a mechanical issue with its fuel system and had to ditch in the ocean near the ship 230 miles northeast of Maui. Veendam quickly rescued the pilot (the sole occupant) while a Coast Guard HC-130 circled the area capturing some incredible video.The video was, of course, edited for time, and it makes it look like Veendam arrived just after the aircraft went into the water. They were nearby, but not quite that close. The pilot was only in the water for about 30 minutes, however.

The complete story appeared in the January 26 edition of Cruise News Daily.