October Saviours - by Len Boyd
At daybreak an RCAF C-115 Buffalo ‘SAR’ transport dispatched from 442 Squadron, Comox overflies the burning and abandoned 425 foot Dutch cruise ship MV ‘Prinsendam’ as a lifeboat full of grateful passengers floats nearby; rescue flares fizzle in the waters.
In the dark hours of the morning of October 4th 1980, the Dutch cruise ship carrying 525 passengers and crew announced an ‘emergency’ while 200 km inside the Gulf of Alaska.
An engine fire engulfed the vessel in flame and all occupants soon evacuated to lifeboats.
A massive joint Canadian/U.S military and Coast Guard rescue effort was well underway by daybreak.
All passengers and crew were saved.
18 x 24 inches Acrylic on masonite, 2012
Original for sale: $640.00 plus HST
*paper prints available upon request
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