Sometimes bad weather on vacation is a good thing. Such was the case for 2 sailors who had been stranded in the ocean and were running low on supplies
Just before Christmas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship rescued two men who had been stranded at sea for 20 days in a small fishing boat somewhere between Jamaica and Grand Cayman. And the chance encounter was only possible because the cruise ship had been rerouted due to poor weather.
Royal Caribbean’s chief meteorologist James Van Fleet said the ship took a detour from its normal itinerary due to poor weather. Had it been normal sailing for the day, they would have not located the castaways.
The two mariners were given water and medical attention on board the ship and there were no injuries reported. The ship’s crew also gave them $300 to buy clothes and food as they left the hospital.
Duane Sherman still has shrapnel in his back from World War II. He was a Chief Sonarman aboard the USS Lamson. He’s a Purple Heart recipient and a proud veteran.
But like any sailor before the days of mobile phones and internet, Sherman still likes to know what comes in the daily mail. So in early December, he kept asking his daughter what came in the mail that day. The war veteran was looking for birthday cards to commemorate his upcoming 96th birthday. But day after day, no such luck.
His daughter was obviously saddened by this and decided to make a request on social media. Asking anyone to please send her father a birthday card to, not only make his birthday special, but to honour him for his service.
Social media heard the request and responded.
By the time Duane’s birthday arrived on Dec. 30, 2018, he had received more than 50,000 birthday cards from people in all 50 states and 10 countries. He says it was like Christmas, Veterans Day, his birthday and New Year’s all rolled into one. And joked that he’s going to have “a hell of a time reading through them all”.