The captain of the Princess Cruise ship that sailed past a small fishing boat in distress last month has recently stated that he was never informed of the boat that was stranded in the ocean. While several passengers claimed to have reported the boat to crew members, the word was apparently never relayed to the captain manning the cruise ship. Some passengers also claim to have reported the stranded boat to United States authorities, which also resulted in no action. An ongoing internal investigation is underway to learn what went on that day aboard the ship.
The vessel in distress was a small 10-foot fishing boat from Rio Hato, Panama. They had set sail on February 24th and the boat was disabled and stranded for 28 days at sea. Three men were initially on board, two of which died in the tragic boating accident. The survivor was found near the Galapagos Islands. When he saw the Princess Cruise ship coming towards them in the Pacific, he thought they were going to be rescued—only to watch in dismay as the ship continued to sail off into the distance.