Cruise Ship

Harmony Of The Seas

Incident Type

Boat Rescue

Date of Accident

January 16, 2024

Location of Accident

Off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

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Introduction

On January 16, 2024, Harmony Of The Seas conducted a successful boat rescue operation while traveling from Texas to Honduras. The ship’s crew spotted a small fishing boat, Aris, in distress approximately 20 nautical miles off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The timely intervention by Harmony OTS was crucial in ensuring the safety of the seven crew members and a dog aboard the distressed vessel.

Details of the Incident

The Aris, having departed from Cozumel on January 14th, encountered an engine failure, resulting in a loss of power and communication capabilities. The boat was adrift for about two days before being spotted by Harmony OTS. The ship deployed a rescue boat and coordinated with the Mexican Navy for the operation. Thankfully, all individuals aboard, including the dog, were rescued in good health, though dehydrated. They were safely returned to Cozumel, and Harmony Of The Seas continued its voyage without any changes to the itinerary.

Operational Context

This rescue operation occurred during Harmony Of The Seas’ 7-day “Western Caribbean Cruise,” which started on January 14 and was scheduled to run until January 21. The itinerary included stops at Roatan Island in Honduras and Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico. The incident highlights the importance of vigilance and readiness to respond to emergencies at sea.

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