By Bryan Thao Worra
Innsmouth, MA – A local Innsmouth cruise line is in hot water thanks to a cantankerous castaway. Thirty-two-year-old fisherman Stanley MacKenzie says he and seven others had been stranded for thirteen days because the motor on their fishing boat broke and their radio equipment had became inoperative. On March 23, they caught a glimpse of a cruise liner passing by and called for help, signalling with everything they could, but the ship, owned by Euryale Cruises, allegedly passed them by without even slowing down.
MacKenzie says they saw the ship and thought they were saved, but it kept going. “It was stone cold cruelty, it was,” he said, recalling his ordeal, that amounted to one strange disaster after another as supplies ran low and the sun was unseasonable. “There was a god-awful moaning of the ocean, mocking us throughout the time.”
MacKenzie’s seven companions died in the nearly three weeks that followed before he was finally picked up. According to Euryale Cruises, none of the passengers aboard the cruise liner ever informed the captain they had witnessed a stranded boat, but the company was conducting an internal investigation.
MacKenzie was a short order cook who survived for a total of 28 days aboard the 19-foot vessel, named the ‘Fair Lady.’ He was finally rescued after he had to push his friends’ bodies overboard. They had originally gathered to celebrate MacKenzie’s recent divorce with a fishing excursion to hunt “Old Crunchy,” a legendary giant albino tuna said to lurk in the deep waters off Innsmouth.
MacKenzie was saved when a rainstorm hit a few days after the cruise ship left, which allowed him to fill three buckets of water. He consumed raw fish and other creatures of the ocean to stay alive. He was finally rescued by fishermen working off of a mother ship, the Dante 9. After he slept, and was properly fed and hydrated, Mackenzie woke. Gus Schmidt, the captain of the Dante 9, told the Innsmouth Free Press that for several days, MacKenzie reacted slowly and cast down his gaze when the topic of his friends arose.
Now cruise ship passengers are coming forward to say those men could have been saved. Four bird watchers say they alerted the crew of the Star Prince, owned by Euryale Cruises. One of the bird watchers insisted that she had seen MacKenzie and his friends signaling frantically with his white T-shirt and orange life vest, and told passing crewmen who simply ignored her.
“What do you do with people like that?” MacKenzie asked in a press conference, ranting, “I guess a snake can’t help being a rattlesnake if they’s born a rattlesnake! But that doesn’t make them a Whip-poor-will!”