A Carnival Cruise passenger confined to her wheelchair fell off a dock in St. Thomas and began sinking when she was rescued by two local men.
DJ Kashief Hamilton says he was playing music on a cruise ship dock in the US Virgin Islands when he heard a loud scream. The DJ stopped the music and ran to investigate. He says he saw other people running, including his friend Randolph Donovan, who works as an entertainer for visitors to the island.
The heart-stopping video shows Donovan in the water with the girl, lifting her head above water while a life preserver is placed around her. Hamilton also jumped into the water to secure a rope around both the girl and Donovan while emergency crew helped to pull them up out of the water, according to the Virgin Islands Consortium.
In other footage recorded at the scene, the girl can be seen safely on the dock while Donovan tries to catch his breath from the rescue. A woman then immediately runs up to him and gives him a hug and says thank you.
A large crowd of people also erupted in cheers as two people, identified as the girl’s family members, tearfully thank Donovan for his heroic efforts.
Commissioner Joseph Boschulte of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism also commended both men on their brave efforts.
Carnival Cruise medical staff examined the girl who did not sustain any injuries in the incident. The cruise line also provided her with a replacement wheelchair for the remainder of the cruise.