QUÉBEC, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - At an event held at the Port of
Québec cruise terminal, Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Québec
Port Authority (QPA), recognized the captain and crew of the
Queen Mary 2 (QM2) for the noble gesture of coming to the aid of
Mylène Paquette in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. On September 26 of
this year, the QM2 deviated from its course to offer assistance to
Ms. Paquette, who several days earlier had equipment broken that was
vital to her voyage. The Captain and his crew provided her with food
supplies, a satellite phone and a drogue anchor, which serves to keep
her rowboat on course.
Their actions were acknowledged by the QPA late this morning at the Ross
Gaudreault Cruise Terminal, in the presence of Ms. Paquette's mother
and sister as well as the staff of the QM2. Ship captain Kevin Oprey
and his crew were welcomed by the management of the QPA and several
representatives from Québec's maritime sector.
"It was an honourable gesture that shows great generosity. What
Captain Oprey and his team did deserves to be publicly recognized.
Their action was entirely appropriate for the queen of the seas," said
During the event, Mylène Paquette was able to thank the Captain and his
staff via satellite. The Quebec rower is currently at sea, about
20 days away from Lorient, France—her destination. The QPA took the
opportunity to encourage Ms. Paquette's initiative with a financial
contribution to her journey, as well as organizing a fundraising event.
SOURCE: Administration portuaire de Québec