Hope for an early Christmas miracle.
Their deliverance took place on Friday in an unexpected form: a massive cruise ship with 11 decks, a dining room, a café and a special grill, four bars, a "Vitality Spa". and a climbing wall.
The Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas cruise ship spotted the two stranded sailors in a small fishing vessel midway between Grand Cayman and Jamaica, spokesman Ted Miller told CNN.
The chance encounter was only possible because the cruise ship was diverted due to bad weather from Cienfuegos (Cuba) to Ocho Rios (Jamaica).
The cruise ship had detected a signal light at 7:00. Friday evening, then reduced the speed and moved towards the small ship. The cruise ship contacted the rescue centers of Grand Cayman and Jamaica, but said they were unable to provide assistance. Shortly before 1
The two sailors got water and medical attention aboard the ship and no injuries were reported, Miller said.
The boaters, who were fishermen, originally set sail from Costa Rica. When they slept overnight, their boat drifted off their fishing gear due to the bad weather, Miller said. He had no fuel left to come back, he added.
Royal Caribbean's senior meteorologist James Van Fleet tweeted more details and photos of the rescue. He said the fishermen told the crew of the cruise ship that they had enough food and water for only seven days. The water was the main problem and they tried to fish for food.
One of the fishermen was so weak that he could not walk, so the crew took him to the tender and then on board, Van Fleet wrote.
The sailors were taken out of the ship in Ocho Rios, Jamaica for medical reasons. The crew of the cruise ship gave them $ 300 to buy clothes and groceries as they left the hospital.