The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down.
Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week, we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
Our Something Good for this New Year’s Eve Eve happened a few days before Christmas and is something of a miracle.
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Empress of the Seas had to detour because of bad weather in their path. In changing their itinerary, they happened upon a small boat with two fishermen who had been stranded for 20 days.
After setting out from Costa Rica, the small vessel had drifted away from their fishing gear in bad weather one night and they ran out of fuel trying to get back, CNN says. Royal Caribbean spokesman Ted Miller says the men were given medical care on board, after the massive cruise ship saw a signal light and set about rescuing them from the small gray boat they had drifted in for three weeks.
James Van Fleet, Royal Caribbean’s chief meteorologist, shared pictures of the rescue via Twitter and said that one of the men had to be carried because he was so weak. The fishermen had food and water for seven days. While they tried to fish for their food, they had run out of water and their situation was getting dire until a cruise ship ended up in the right place at the right time. The fishermen were put ashore at Ocho Rios, Jamaica with a gift of $300 to buy clothes and food after they were released from the hospital.
Fleet pointed out on Twitter that, without the necessary detour, the ship would have not found the stranded men and said, “Sometimes a little luck is all you need for a miracle.”
A miraculous rescue right before Christmas. If that isn’t Something Good, I don’t know what is.
Now it’s your turn… Tell Me Something Good!