Well I can certainly say that things are anything but dull around here lately. Lastnight we popped a movie in and settled in for the night. Embarkation to the home port is always an early day for both of us. My husband gets his routine phone call from the bridge as we approach at 5:00 am and I get the wake-up call at 6:00 a.m. for my own round through US Immigration yet again.
But last night proved to be quite different indeed. At 11:15 pm, lights out and my husband lightly snoring, we get an emergency announcement from the bridge blasting into our bedroom. “Bravo, Bravo, port side” This is the code for Man Overboard.
I immediately jumped from bed, switched on the lights and started to help my husband find his shoes. All hands on deck as it were, I figured I would just try and get back to sleep…I mean really, what help could I really be? But sleep escaped me as all I could think about was that poor soul out there at sea hopefully fighting for their life!
Finally, I threw on some clothes and made my way outside to the Lido deck. The sea was calm and a full moon was shadowed by dark clouds. There was lightening which lit up the sea like a beacon and another cruise ship in the distance which was assisting in the search.
In all my years on ships this is the first time I have experienced this. On New Year’s eve this year, this same ship lost a crew member and he didn’t survive. I got a chill down to my bones thinking this ship is cursed, this cannot be!
I looked around and started to walk out to the edge and start looking out to see if I could actually help in some small way. The more I walked the deck the more passengers and crew I saw doing the same thing. Everyone was looking out in hopes of spotting this person. That is when the moon came out from the clouds and illuminated the sky.
I said to some passing guests, he has a good chance of getting rescued, the sea is calm and there is a full moon. Then in the distance we heard a voice. People were pointing in the same direction, it must be him. I was thinking what is he saying? I’m over here!
It was in that moment that I could feel the collective energy of all the people on deck. I thought to myself, with all this positive energy helping this guy hang in there surely he will be saved. Only moments later was there an announcement saying that indeed that energy had succeeded and he was safely rescued.
I have not seen my husband since last night. I am sure he is ragged with lack of sleep and is filling out endless reports to the Coast Guard Authorities etc.
Thankfully this story has a happy ending. So much for my Groundhog day theory!