Veendam Rescues Pilot Who Ditched His Plane in the Pacific Ocean
Submitted by: HAB Editorial Team
Veendam rescued a pilot who had to ditch his plane in the Pacific Ocean after running out of fuel, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015.
It’s another Holland America Line cruise ship to the rescue! Marking our third rescue this month, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 5:21 p.m. local time, Veendam answered a request for assistance from the United States Coast Guard to rescue Pilot Louis Morton who had ditched his single-engine Cirrus SR-22 after he experienced a mechanical issue with the fuel system. The ship was in the middle of an 18-day Circle Hawaii cruise that departed Jan. 20. The next call was Lahaina, Hawaii, and Louis was located approximately 225 nautical miles off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. In partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, Veendam was able to successfully rescue Louis, who deployed the aircraft’s airframe parachute system and safely exited the plane into a life raft. Guests were excited to be able to witness such a rare and dramatic operation. “Congratulations to the team on ms Veendam for coming to the aid of the pilot and for working together with the Coast Guard to conduct this successful rescue operation,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “January has been an eventful month for our ships with several rescues around the world, and we are honored to be able to assist in any distress situation when needed.” Holland America crewmembers brought him aboard Veendam and provided him food and accommodations. Louis, who was in good condition, disembarked today, Jan. 26, at Lahaina. Watch the amazing landing and rescue unfold by clicking on the arrow! Thanks to Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System for the video footage. This is the third rescue at sea by a Holland America Line ship in 2015. On Jan. 3, ms Zuiderdam rescued eight crewmembers from a sinking vessel in the Caribbean, and Jan. 4 ms Zaandam came to the aid of seven stranded crewmembers at the Arctowski Polish research station at King George Island in Antarctica. Photo credit: Ocean Imgaes