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(Source: Princess Cruises)

(Source: Princess Cruises)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The crew of a Princess Cruise ship came to the rescue of five Jamaicans on Monday who said they had been drifting in their small boat in the Caribbean for three weeks.

The Island Princess left Fort Lauderdale a week ago and was scheduled to arrive Tuesday in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

When the encountered the small boat adrift, its occupants told cruise workers they were on their way to a barbeque and ran out of gas, said Princess Cruises spokeswoman Susanne Ferrull.

The boaters asked the cruise workers to give them fuel so they could continue on their way, but the cruise workers said they don’t do that. The cruise workers took the boaters aboard and notified officials in Jamaica.

The captain of the cruise ship notified passengers about the small boat earlier Monday on the loudspeaker.

“We noticed the boat slowing down,” said passenger Andy Greenberg of Omaha, Neb. “We pulled up and the occupants were screaming: ‘No food, no water.'” Greenberg said passengers were told that the motor on the boat broke down.

The Coast Guard declined comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

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