Sunday, June 2, 2013
Derelict Boat Sighted - Florida Straits
Every cruise is different and this one was no exception. On a beautiful sea day in the Florida Straits we sighted a small boat in the water. It was not under power and it appeared to have no one aboard, but there was a tarp over part of it so we couldn't be sure if someone might be out of sight.
We later learned that the US Coast Guard had intercepted people on the raft and had repatriated them to Cuba a couple of weeks earlier. The Coast Guard usually sinks these vessels, but it had drifted off too far for them to do so this time and they had lost track of it. Perhaps they will come back and finish it off so that other vessels won't stop to be sure no one is in trouble and/or hit the boat in the middle of the night.
This stop lasted about 90 minutes. Every cruise is different.
All the best,