San Juan, Puerto Rico (IP) - Hurricane Cruise ship, Cyclone Seas, rescued an elderly Cuban fisherman from within the eye of hurricane Dean. The rescue occurred early this morning, August 16, 2007.
The Cruise Ship specializes in taking adventurous passengers right through the middle of hurricanes and it also has a "milder" cruise that goes into tropical storms with winds below 64 knots.
The fisherman had hooked a large Blue Marlin and had been towed into the eye of the hurricane. The 1,200 pound fish had actually served as a sort of sea anchor which may have served to save the fisherman's life. The fisherman had no rod and reel was using a crude donut shaped, hand held fishing device which held the fishing line and had used a fish called a blue runner for bait.
Some of the passengers on the ship speculate that the fish knew perfectly well what he was doing and simply spit out the bait when help arrived and casually swam off unharmed. The old Cuban fisherman's name is Senor Carlos Arguellos and is from the southern sea side town of Trinidad, Cuba which is the second oldest city in the western hemisphere. The town is lined with cobble stone roads and the buildings with iron bars on the windows and red Cuban tiles on the roofs, and resembles that of old Spain from the fifteenth century. The fisherman swears that he has hooked this fish before and had let him loose after pulling him close to the boat and deciding not to harm the great beast.
"Muchas gracias mi buen amigos" said Carlos. Carlos asked for and was given some Cuban coffee, a guava pastry, a glass of rum, and a Cohiba Cuban cigar which he felt content to chew on as the ship began its voyage out of the eye of the storm and would soon re-enter the violent eye wall on its journey due east. Carlos' old wooden fishing boat was also brought on board for the journey back out of harm's way. Ironically a Hemingway look-alike contest was under way on board the cruise ship at the very moment that the fisherman was rescued. Who would have believed it?