http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/22/cruise-ship-passed-by-disabled-fishing-boat/ Cruise ship passed by disabled fishing boat Sole survivor angry, mournful RIO HATO, Panama — Three Panamanian men were on their way home after a night of fishing, happy with their success, when the motor on their small open boat rattled and quit, leaving them adrift in sight of land, but too far out for their cellphones to work. With nothing left to eat but the fish they caught and a few gallons of water, they drifted for 16 days, more than 100 miles from home, before they thought they were about to be saved. Adrian Vasquez, 18, saw a huge white ship coming toward them. He waved a red sweater to get their attention, reaching high over his head, and dropping it low to his knees. Though he was near death, the skipper of the little panga, Elvis Oropeza Betancourt, 31, joined in, waving an orange life jacket. “Tio, look what’s coming over there,” Mr. Vasquez recalled saying in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. “We felt happy, because we thought they were coming to rescue us.” The ship didn’t stop, and the fishing boat drifted another two weeks before it was found. By then, Mr. Vasquez’s two friends had died. “I said, ‘God will not forgive them,’” Mr. Vasquez recalled. “Today, I still feel rage when I remember that.” The day of the first sighting, March 10, birdwatchers with powerful spotting scopes on the promenade deck of the luxury cruise ship Star Princess saw a little boat adrift miles away. They told ship staff about the man desperately waving a red cloth. On Thursday, Princess Cruises, based in Santa Clarita, Calif., said a preliminary investigation showed that passengers’ reports that they had spotted a boat in distress never made it to Capt. Edward Perrin or the officer on duty.