On November 2, Costa Victoria rescued 12 fishermen from a burning vessel in the South China Sea. The cruise ship was en route from Hong Kong to Sanya when the First Officer on watch spotted the troubled boat.

He immediately gave the alert to the Master and Staff Captain who decided to alter the ship’s route to provide assistance.

The 12 fishermen were rescued and medically assisted onboard by the Costa Victoria crew. Furthermore, Costa Victoria actively researched other missing fishermen, in cooperation with a helicopter of Sanya Hainan Island Coast guard which reached the area. After having granted clearance by relevant Authorities, Costa Victoria resumed her route after the rescue operations and safely brought the 12 fishermen to Sanya Hainan Island.

Afterwards, the 12 Chinese fishermen contacted Costa Cruises to express their deepest gratitude and requested a face-to-face opportunity to officially thank the Master and his team. Fishermen representative stated: “On behalf of me and my crew, we would like to give our sincere thanks to Costa Victoria for taking action at such a crucial time for us, saving our lives, and allowing us to have a second chance in this world.  Your heroic instincts brought us here today.”

Costa Cruises is fully committed to corporate social responsibility and embraces the responsibility it has to its employees, customers and the communities in which they live and operate, especially at sea.  Costa Cruises will take all measures to provide assistance to anyone in potential danger. This incident truly demonstrates Costa Cruise’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and its pledge to society, safety and environmental protection.

Paolo Viscafe', the Captain of Costa Victoria said: “Costa has continuously strived for the maritime safety as our top priority. As a responsible company, we feel a duty to devote ourselves to provide humanism assistance when we are needed. This time it occurred in the South China Sea, which is a part of the China market that we place great importance on.  By 2015, three Costa Crociere cruise ships will service the China market, which means we will undertake further corporate social responsibilities to ensure the safety at sea. Costa Cruises will continue to contribute to our ‘cherishing life above all else’ commitment and the safety for all in our society.”