Cou­ple’s cruise to the res­cue

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A COU­PLE have de­scribed the dra­matic mo­ment their cruise ship res­cued more than 100 mi­grants.

Ian and Denise Rankin, from Prest­bury, were on board the Is­land Princess near the Greek is­land of Zakinthos on Satur­day when there was a may­day call from a ves­sel.

The mi­grants is­sued a dis­tress call af­ter the yacht they were trav­el­ling in lost power.

The Greek coast­guard used a lifeboat to trans­fer 117 men, women and chil­dren, be­lieved to have come from Syria, to the cruise ship.

They were given food, wa­ter and first aid treat­ment be­fore be­ing dropped off on the Greek main­land on Sun­day.

Denise, who with hus­band Ian en route to Is­tan­bul, said: “Our cruise ship di­verted and came along­side a small yacht.

“It was sit­ting very low in the wa­ter and yaw­ing. It started to take on wa­ter.

“Our ship res­cued 117 Syr­ian refugees.

“There was at least one preg­nant lady and chil­dren aged be­tween two and 10.

“There were prob­a­bly about 30 chil­dren.

“They were pro­vided with beds, food, wa­ter and first aid.

“The crew on our ship were amaz­ing.

“It is all very sad but I am glad they were res­cued.”

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