• WATCH: Dramatic video captures rescue of cruise guest in wheelchair who fell off dock

    By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -

    Two good Samaritans from the U.S. Virgin Islands are making headlines for saving a cruise passenger after her wheelchair plunged into the water.

     

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    According to NBC News, Randolph Donovan and Kashief Hamilton, who work for the islands' Department of Tourism, sprang into action Monday when the Carnival Fascination guest fell off a dock.

    Donovan, 34, said he immediately jumped into the water.

    "I removed her from the wheelchair because I didn't want the wheelchair to sink with her in it," he told the news outlet.

    When Donovan began to tire, Hamilton went in after them, NBC News reported. Rescue workers and staffers threw down a rope and used it to lift the woman out of the water, according to CNN.

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    Posted by Jelani Ritter on Monday, August 12, 2019

    Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte praised Donovan and Hamilton in a Facebook post Tuesday.

     

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    "Our team at the Department of Tourism truly value their heroic efforts, and thanks to them, a young visitor's life was saved," the post read. "We often say that 'Tourism Is All of Us,' and Kashief and Randolph truly embodied that message. The two young men are back at work today welcoming our guests after yesterday's selfless and heroic act. We're proud of you – well done!"

    I want to thank and acknowledge two members of our Visitor Experience team at the Department of Tourism - Kashief...

    Posted by Commissioner Joseph Boschulte on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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