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Sao Tome and Principe

RESCUE MISSION

Shipwreck ahead

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There's an common image of ocean cruisers that pictures us sitting on deck chairs with a drink in our hands. Not so! We were in the swimming pool this morning when the intercom clicked on and told us that our ship had just received a Mayday alarm from a sinking ship. We got out of the pool! Next announcement: we are steaming off to the rescue and should arrive at the "sinister area" in three hours. Now a complication ... We are currently in the Gulf of Guinea where pirate attacks have been reported, so we have been put on an anti-piracy watch. This means we cannot have any lights on at night, curtains closed, etc. Blaring sound speakers, water hoses, and searchlight devices have been installed on the ship and Naval Forces (which country? we don't know, maybe Portugese) are supervising our transit. So rumor abounds about pirate involvement.

As of this afternoon, rumor had it that all souls had perished. Next announcement: some had been rescued; some bodies had been recovered, and our ship had been put on patrol to look for more bodies in a one mile square where the current could have borne them. We are currently going back and forth, back and forth, right between São Tomé and Principé, on the route of the Amfitriti, a ferry boat and a cargo boat combined, praying for all involved.

Posted by HopeEakins 08:55 Archived in Sao Tome and Principe Comments (2)

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