Yesterday the Sun Princess cruise ship responded to a disabled sailing yacht in the middle of the Tasman Sea.
The Tasman Sea is a wide body of water measuring some 1,200 miles across, between Australia and New Zealand.
According to the Ballina Shire Advocate, the vessel, named the Scotch Bonnet, was adrift when it was located by the crew of the Sun Princess. It was de-masted apparently due to rough weather.
The vessel had been sailing from the Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s North Island to Sydney.
After the Sun Princess pulled alongside the derelict vessel, the crew of the cruise line determined that no one was aboard.
The cruise ship then communicated with the "Rescue Co-ordination Centre" on the mainland and was given permission to continue the voyage to Brisbane.
The Sun Princess was on day twelve of a fourteen day cruise from Brisbane to the South and North Islands of New Zealand when it encountered the Scotch Bonnet.
If anyone has information regarding the safety of the Scotch Bonnett’s crew, please leave a comment below.