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Carnival Cruise Ship Rescued Two Stranded Boaters

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A ship from Miami based Carnival Cruise Lines was called in to help rescue two Bahamian men stranded in the waters off Florida.

When Deon Lathen and Ted Lainge failed to reach their destination in West End, the Bahamas, on Saturday morning a call was made to the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard air crew spotted their disabled vessel, Tera Bite, on Sunday about 30 miles east of Sebastian Inlet. When the crew failed to establish communications with the vessel, they called on the Carnival cruise ship Dream to help with the rescue.

The cruise ship picked up the stranded men and transferred them to a Coast Guard cutter. The men have been taken to Fort Pierce.

Last March, the Carnival Dream was stuck in St. Maarten for several days after developing engine problems.  The ship was on the return leg of a seven day excursion when the captain notified the Coast Guard of trouble with the ship's propulsion system. The ship's emergency generator, which powers propulsion for ship, had failed.

Guests aboard the ship reported there were periodic interruptions to elevators and toilets for a few hours.

The cruise line flew the passengers to Orlando while the ship remained docked for repairs.

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