06/28/2012 08:05 am ET Updated Jun 28, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Ship Rescues Disabled Yachtsmen

The Norwegian Star cruise ship rescued six sailors from a disabled yacht Tuesday morning, reports NBC 6 Miami.

The sailors on board the Avenir sent a distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard, saying that the vessel had lost its rudder and steering ability. The Coast Guard relayed that message to the Norwegian Star, which diverted from its course to pick up the distressed yachtsmen, according to USA Today.

The Star was en route from New York City to Bermuda. The Avenir had departed Bermuda for Bristol, Rhode Island two days before the rescue. According to Cruise Critic, the yacht had ties to the Newport Bermuda yacht race.

The three men and three women from the Avenir were brought safely on board the Star.

In late May, Disney Cruise Line's Fantasy saved four men adrift off the coast of Florida. In March, a Princess Cruises ship allegedly ignored a distressed fishing vessel. The sole survivor from that boat is suing Princess Cruises for not coming to his aid. Another lawsuit against the cruise line was filed on behalf of the family of one of the deceased fishermen.