This morning, March 22nd, when we were on route from Funchal, Madeira to Portimao, Portugal, the bridge received a distress call that a boat with eight people was sinking and that the crew were abandoning the ship. Captain Gundersen immediately changed the course of the Prinsendam and the ship sailed at full-speed to the given position. When we arrived at the scene we found out that it was a fishing boat out of Funchal named Dario. The freighter Ecuador Star was already in the area and the crew of the sinking fishing boat was at that moment moving into a life raft. After consulting with the Portuguese Coast Guard it was decided that Prinsendam would take the rescued crew on board and the Coast Guard would send a helicopter to transport them to shore.