A cruise ship passenger in a wheelchair was miraculously saved by two young local men before she was drowned. The incident happened in the U.S Virgin Islands.

The girl passenger was traveling on Carnival Fascination ship, owned by Carnival Cruise Line under a cruise deal along with her family members.

According to Carnival spokesman, the guest accidentally fell into the water on the St. Thomas pier while being escorted in a wheelchair by a family member.

Local cruise news added that the two heroes wasted no time and acted quickly seeing the girl on the wheelchair plunging deep into the water amidst screams for help.

The two young heroes were Randolph Donovan and Kashief 'Kuntry' Hamilton.  They earned praise from many quarters for their self less and risky rescue action. Donovan was tearfully thanked by the girl’s family.

He also wrote about the incident in vivid detail on a Facebook post.

What the video showed

The video footage posted on social media showed Donovan was holding onto the girl in the water. She had had a life ring placed around her. It was thrown to her by others. 

The two men held on to her to keep her from going underwater. Hamilton then fastened a rope around the girl helping Donovan and onlookers to pull out the sinking passenger.

Back on the ground, medical personnel attended the woman. The guest did not sustain any injuries, the cruise ship spokesperson said.

Timely rescue action

The two young heroes were working as DJs in an entertainment group at the West Indian Company Dock.

According to Donovan, 34, he was on the shift duty when he heard a commotion at the dock. When he rushed to the site, a woman in her wheelchair was seen struggling in the water.

“I jumped straight in the water from the top level of the dock,” he said.

‘I removed her from the wheelchair because I didn't want the wheelchair to sink with her in it.”

 “I couldn’t think I just had to move real quick,” he said in a Facebook post.

He added, "I cannot stop thinking about the way she was looking" and I told myself that I need to save her from the deep water.

Carnival thanks the heroes

 “Our most sincere thanks and appreciation to these individuals for their heroic efforts in assisting this guest,” the Cruise liner's spokesman added.

“Everyday heroes with unassuming personalities live among us!” he said in his message on social media.

Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism added that his department salutes the heroic efforts in saving a young visitor's life.