Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 aided Mylène Paquette, a Canadian rower attempting to become the first North American woman to row solo across the Atlantic, earlier today.
Yesterday, the Queen Mary 2 received a call to aid Mylène and quickly prepared a package of supplies overnight as the ship headed out to help. Upon arrival to Mylène’s position, the Queen Mary 2 sounded her horn 3 times and circled Mylène to calm the waters around her. The Queen Mary 2 then dropped her 4 watertight containers into the water, filled with equipment and supplies.
According to Cunard, “There were cheers from the passengers who lined Queen Mary 2’s rails as the ship’s whistle sounded many times more. Mylène spoke with the ship via VHF radio and this was relayed to the passengers by the ship’s Public Address system.”
In all, the Queen Mary 2 supplied Mylène with two drogue anchors, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, muesli, crackers, chocolate, plus bottled water and coffee, English tea, mint tea, hot chocolate sachets, a scraper to remove the barnacles underneath the boat, duct tape, soap, shampoo, body lotion, and postcards of Queen Mary 2.
“We are happy to have given assistance to Mylène and help her recover from the damage inflicted by the storm,” said Captain Kevin Oprey, master of Queen Mary 2. “We wish her the very best of luck with her solo Atlantic rowing adventure.”
“This is a dream come true!”, said Mylène. “For me to see Queen Mary 2 in the middle of the Atlantic is something I would have never hoped for. I want to thank all of the members of the crew for making this encounter happen.”