Disney Fantasy Comes To Halt to Aid Coast Guard Search and Rescue
This Disney Fantasy, the Disney Cruise Line ship offering 7-day sailings to the Eastern and Western Caribbean found itself in a bit of a precarious position today as it’s charted course intersected with an active Coast Guard operation to rescue a group at sea.
Disney Fantasy has come to a full stop and coast guard is circling planes overhead. Word on the street is someone or something is in the water of concern. #DisneyCruise #DisneyFantasy #DisneyCruiseLine pic.twitter.com/bTQ5nCW2Bt
— Theme Park Express (@ThemeParkExpres) November 20, 2022
We were first notified of the incident when Scott Gustin shared a post from Theme Park Explorer. This morning, guests aboard the Disney Fantasy were reporting that the ship was circling a particular area at sea looking for people in the water. When details were initially revealed, it wasn’t clear whether the search and rescue was for passengers aboard the Disney Cruise Line Ship or another vessel.
The @USCGSoutheast says at least 4 people drowned about 50 miles off Little Torch Key after a homemade vessel capsized. Several were rescued. The Disney Fantasy was in the area and stopped to support the search. https://t.co/XIjNhsr4XI pic.twitter.com/4sGCu59ubB
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) November 20, 2022
As you can see from the update above, the United States Coast Guard has since taken to Twitter give us further details of the tragedy that was unfolding. According to Coast Guard, four people drowned 50 miles off Little Torch Key which is an island in Monroe County, Florida.
4 ppl reportedly drowned immediately upon capsizing.
Some of the rescued wore #lifejackets, saving their lives in 6-8 foot seas & 30 mph winds. #SAR #DontTaketoTheSea @USEmbCuba pic.twitter.com/Cos1MVYKLQ
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) November 20, 2022
In a further tweet, the Coat Guard confirmed that some passengers in the capsized ship were rescued as they were wearing life jackets. At the time of rescue there were 6-8 foot seas as well as 30 mph winds.
There is no information as of yet as to whether the Disney Fantasy continues to be impacted by the search and rescue. It would appear that they did stop to aid the Coast Guard in their initial search for passengers from the capsized vessel. This is a story that we will continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog. Readers are encouraged to keep following along with us for further news and updates.