Castaways stranded on an African island pursue a passing cruise ship

Trapped on São Tomé: Cruise Ship Strands Eight Passengers, Including South Carolina Couple

In a tragic turn of events, eight Norwegian Cruise passengers were stranded on the African island state of São Tomé and Príncipe after their ship sailed up the west coast of Africa. Among the stranded passengers were Jill and Jay Campbell, a couple from South Carolina, who were left behind during a tour on the island. Despite attempts to contact the ship’s captain and board a small boat provided by the local Coast Guard, the passengers were not picked up by the ship.

The Campbells, along with six other passengers including two elderly individuals and a pregnant woman, found themselves without access to medications or accepted credit cards on the island. The Campbells used their Visa card to pay for food and accommodations for their fellow stranded passengers, spending thousands of dollars in the process. After failing to rejoin their ship in Gambia, the group made another attempt near the Senegalese coast in hopes of reuniting with their cruise ship.

Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as they had missed

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