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Princess Cruises ship rescues 2 passengers after small plane crashes off Grand Turk

Princess Cruises rescues two people from a downed plane near Grand Turk March 5, 2019.
Posted at 9:48 AM, Mar 06, 2019

GRAND TURK, B.V.I. — A Princess Cruises ship became more than a pleasure cruise this week when it was called in to make a life-saving rescue at sea.

The Regal Princess departed Fort Lauderdale on Sunday en route to the Caribbean for a seven-day voyage.

WSVN reported that a private plane crashed Tuesday 23 miles southeast off Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos.

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Princess Cruises said the Regal Princess cruise ship, which was in the area, was notified by the Coast Guard to assist with the rescue.

A Facebook Live by John Becker showed passengers on the ship applauding and calling the scene "amazing."

The cruise line also posted a picture on Twitter Tuesday evening of the plane's two passengers in a life raft being rescued.

Princess said they were "happy to report both people are now safely onboard as the ship continues to St Thomas!"

The ship is due back in Fort Lauderdale on March 10.