SYDNEY, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The crew of a P&O cruise ship carrying over 2,000 holidaymakers has performed a daring open ocean rescue on Thursday, in waters off the coast of New Caledonia.
According to a statement posted to social media by P&O, marine rescue authorities in Noumea asked the Pacific Dawn cruise ship to divert and assist the three seafarers after receiving a distress call.
"Adrift in a life raft near New Caledonia after abandoning their stricken yacht that was taking on water, our wonderful Pacific Dawn team have followed the highest maritime traditions going to the aid of fellow seafarers in peril," the statement said.
"All three are now safely aboard Pacific Dawn and being cared for by our devoted onboard team," it added.
Currently on a seven-night South Pacific cruise, the ship is scheduled to arrive back in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday.