Park West Auctioneer Honored for Rescuing Drowning Woman
Park West’s auctioneers often don formal attire and gavels, but Auctioneer Jason Bartlett may need to add a superhero cape.
On October 22, the Carnival Miracle was docked in Kona, Hawaii. Passengers and crew members, including Bartlett, waited on the pier to board one of the cruise ship’s tender boats, a smaller ship used for transporting people to and from shore.
As they patiently waited, Bartlett and bystanders noticed someone in the nearby ocean. A woman struggled to emerge from the water as wave after wave drove her into nearby rocks. Bystanders could tell she was growing weak from her fight against the waves.
Bartlett didn’t hesitate, jumping into the water to help the woman. Around 500 bystanders watched as Bartlett pulled the woman onto his back so he could carry her out of the water. Bartlett managed to bring her to safety, causing the crowd to erupt in cheers that the rescue ended well.
“When I saw the lady I made it personal, because that lady could be a mother, wife and daughter to someone, so I treated the situation like I would treat my family,” Bartlett said.
Carnival states the woman was not a guest aboard the ship, but a tourist vacationing on the island.
“The team on the Carnival Miracle is lucky to have Jason as a part of it as this day he really proved what a difference one person can make in the life of another,” said Carnival HR Director Charmaine Breytenbach.
The crew of the Carnival Miracle recognized Bartlett for his heroic actions with the “I am Hero” award.
Park West applauds Bartlett for his heroic efforts, and is proud to count him among the many talented auctioneers working aboard more than 100 cruise ships around the world.