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Cruise ship moored off Florida rescues 24 people from sinking boat

(CNN) — Cruise ships are mostly standing idle due to the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped one “ghost’ vessel jumping into action to rescue 24 people from a sinking boat.

Carnival Sensation, an 855-foot-long vessel that usually accommodates over 2,000 passengers, spotted the boat struggling 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 ships currently operating with no passengers and a skeletal crew, in the wake of the Covid-19 shutdown of the cruise industry

In a statement, Carnival Cruise Line said its ship went to the aid of the sinking boat, providing supplies including blankets, life jackets, food and water to the passengers on board.

The passengers were brought on board Carnival Sensation when the smaller boat started to take in water.

Courtesy Carnival Cruise Line

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

Once on board, Carnival Sensation’s medical team looked over the rescued passengers, said the cruise line, and ensured they were quarantined away from crew members.

The passengers — reportedly of various nationalities and including two children — were later taken to shore by the US Coast Guard.

Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Sensation Rescue (2)

Passengers on the smaller boat were provided with life jackets, blankets and water.

Courtesy Carnival Cruise Line

Most of the world’s cruise ships are currently out of action, sailing outside ports like Fort Lauderdale in Florida and Southampton in the UK, with limited crew keeping them on standby.

But many major cruise lines have canceled all sailings through 2020.

The CDC says there were 102 Covid-19 outbreaks on 124 different cruise ships through March 1 to September 28, 2020.

While cruising remains on pause, people living in some coastal regions are getting an unprecedented view in local waters.

Paul Derham started the initiative back in the summer but plans to continue to take cruise fans out through the fall — weather permitting.

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