Cruise Ship Didn't Stop & Help Stranded Boat Named 50 Cent! (Man Named Gilligan Spotted It)
Published on April 19, 2012
Carnival cruise line is investigating allegations by passengers that crew workers ignored their pleas to rescue three fishermen adrift in the Pacific Ocean, the Guardian of London reported. The allegations cast an uncomfortable light on a hopeful story about the sole survivor of that fishing boat, an 18-year-old hotel worker who survived for 28 days aboard his 10-foot vessel, named the Fifty Cents. He was rescued near the Galapagos Islands, nine days after he had to push his friends' bodies overboard. It was a couple of bird watchers, Judy Meredith and Jeff Gilligan, who spotted the vessel with their high powered binoculars with fitted cameras. Meredith said they immediately told the front desk about the boat and for them to contact the bridge. The desk made the call, left, came back and then nothing more was done. But Meredith was not satisfied with this answer and would not give up. She went back to her room, wrote down the coordinates of the ship and emailed the U.S. Coast Guard hoping that they would help the stranded men in the boat. The U.S. Coast Guard was not able to find the vessel, however, as the ship drifted further away from the given coordinates, and it was not until 2 weeks later that the fishing vessel, called "the Fifty Cent" was found. By this time two 16 year olds had died and there was only one 18 year old survival left, Adrian Vasquez. Vasquez stated that after the two others had died he had to throw the bodies over board. It is reported that the 2 died of dehydration. It was the Ecuadorean coast guard that ended up finding the boat near the Galapagos islands, but 650 miles from shore, on March 24th.