At 0540 hours on Monday morning, a man was seen in the water near Quebec City's cruise terminal, and a three-person port security patrol came to the rescue. Then, a patrol officer assisted the man out of the water and waited until an ambulance arrived.
Following the rescue, one more crewmember has fallen into the water so the port asked the Quebec Fire Protection Service and the Canadian Coast Guard to commence a search operation. The man had drifted with the current, and was then seen at about 2.5 nm to the west of the cruise dock, at 0700 hours.
Both men suffered hypothermia and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The water temperature in the St. Lawrence was about 55 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday.
The cruise company confirmed that the two individuals were the company's employees and allegedly reported that they 'left without permission' into the water. Now, Celebrity is conducting an investigation concerning the circumstances of the men's departure.
According to reports, the two men are believed to be from Zimbabwe and the UAE, respectively, and the Canada Border Services Agency and Immigration Canada are heading the inquiry.