Holland America Line’s Rotterdam was crusing in direction of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the night of November 9 AM once they got here throughout a refugee boat in want of quick help. The ship was capable of maneuver to the craft and notify the U.S. Coast Guard. 13 individuals have been taken aboard the Rotterdam for wellness checks performed by the ship’s medical staff, together with supplying the refugees with meals, lodging and assist. Later within the night, they have been transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard facility for continued help.
Lieutenant Commander Ryan Wester, Commanding Officer of the William Flores, despatched a message to Rotterdam Captain, Bas Van Dreumel, thanking him for the assistance:”Your efforts by Elbow Cay, Bahamas, undoubtedly saved the lives of 13 mariners tonight. With Hurricane Nicole bearing down on the east coast of Florida, maritime circumstances this night have been particularly unforgivable. By your swift motion and sound seamanship, 13 people can name themselves survivors tonight.”
Rotterdam was initially scheduled to depart from Fort Lauderdale on the time of rescue, however was as a substitute at sea ready out Tropical Storm Nicole.