Pinellas County, Fl - A man who fell from a cruise ship Monday morning was rescued after he was found clinging to a boy; a young lad who had skipped school to do some clam diving.
The man, Nigel Linquist, 46, had been enjoying the scenery as the ship was about to make port when he spotted the boy swimming in the channel, his young, unblemished water-soaked body, glistening in the early morning sun. Mr. Linquist climbed the railing to get a better look at the young man as he swam swiftly through the waves, his pectoral muscles rippling against the current.
The cruise was carrying, among others, newlywed couples from the small community of Loveseed, Massachusetts; a gay and lesbian town. Nigel and his partner, Rory Kramer, a pipe-fitter and part-time ventriloquist travelled with this group, and had just completed their vows three days previous in an outrigger canoe on the shores of a small,deserted caribbean island; an island favoured amongst the gay and lesbian community for it's lush greenery, sparkling sand and sea air embued with the ever-present fragrance of lilac, lavender and marijuana.
Having been found in the company of a boy, from a legal standpoint, a minor, Pinellas County police had first thought of pressing charges against Mr. Linquist but as evidence was obtained, it appeared that it was actually the boy who gave the 'kiss of life' to Mr. Linquist, an act for which Mr. Linquist was not only grateful for but which prompted him to set up an educational trust fund for the boy and a small sum of money that would cover any loss of income he might have incurred for taking time out from his diving activities.
A further development, as a result of what transpired between Mr. Linquist and the boy, is that Linquist's partner, Rory, abruptly left the county after dropping his suitcase off, contents and all, at the local Goodwill mission.
Perhaps most telling of all, and indicative of how the seawinds of romance become still, leaving many couples in irons, was the slightly creased off-white wedding dress Mr. Kramer had worn just days before.