A boatload of refugees were rescued by the crew of the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas yesterday. *Creative Commons photo by Baldwin040
A boatload of refugees were rescued by the crew of the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas yesterday. *Creative Commons photo by Baldwin040

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4: A boatload of refugees were rescued by the crew of the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas yesterday.

It was mid-afternoon when the cruise ship came cross a small boat with no mast, holding 24 refugees.

I was on board — celebrating my 50th birthday — as the rescue took place.

The Oasis of the Seas was on her way to Cozumel, Mexico from Falmouth, Jamaica when the drama unfolded.

The cruise ship sent out a boat with provisions, including food and water, while the captain of the Oasis of the Seas waited for instructions form the US Coast Guard.

It appeared many of the refugees were dehydrated and were not sitting up in the boat.

The captain told the passengers: "We are in the process of rescuing some refugees. We had a discussion with the United States Coast Guard as to what to do.

“[We asked] if they were in the neighbourhood or not. They were not. And they asked us if we could take care of these refugees and we are in process of taking them on board."

The ship was delayed for several hours.