This story comes from Kevin Greiger, the Operations Superintendent. On transit after Expedition 312, January 2006, the ship was sailing from Panama to Galveston when it came across a homemade boat that had broken down three days earlier. Twelve Cubans were onboard with no water left, and a storm on the way. The JR rescued the 12 men, tried sinking their boat but it got stuck in the crane and had to be brought on the helideck, and waited 24 hours until the Coast Guard could come and take over. JR – hero of the sea!