"We felt happy, because we thought they were coming to rescue us," he said.
On Thursday, Princess Cruises, based in Santa Clarita, Calif., said a preliminary investigation showed that passengers' reports that they had spotted a boat in distress never made it to Capt. Edward Perrin or the officer on duty.
Oropeza along with Fernando Osario died. Vasquez was picked up by a fishing boat off Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, more than 600 miles from where they had set out.
Gilligan could no longer bear to watch.
Vasquez said he thought about his eight brothers a lot, and never lost hope, but now prefers not to think about those 28 Nike Vapormax Black days adrift.
If it did, the company said, the captain and crew would have altered course to rescue the men, just as the cruise line has done more than 30 times in the last 10 years. The company expressed sympathy for the men and their families.
The company said in an email the investigation was continuing.
"Yes, that's it. That's it. That is us," he said.
Vasquez remembered jumping up and waving the sweater. He raised it over his head, dropped it down to his knees, over and over and over. Though near death, Elvis Oropeza Betancourt, 31, joined in, waving an orange life jacket.
The birdwatchers said they even put the representative on one of the spotting scopes so he could see for himself. Coast Guard what she had seen. She said she hoped someone would get the message and help.
Vasquez recalled seeing the ship "It was big. It was white." on the morning of March 10.
Barred from going to the bridge herself to notify the ship's officers, Meredith said she told a Princess Cruises sales representative what they had seen, and he assured her he passed the news on to crew.
"It was very disturbing," he said. "We asked other people, 'What do you think we should do?' Their reaction was: 'Well, you've done what you could do.' Whether something else could have been done, that's a bit frustrating to think about."
"You don't wave a shirt like that just to be friendly," Meredith said. "He was desperate to get our attention."
"I said, 'God will not forgive them,'" Vasquez told The Associated Press as he recalled the encounter in the waters off South America. "Today, I still feel rage when I remember."
When Judy Meredith of Bend, Ore., looked through her scope, she could plainly see it was a small open boat, like the kinds they had seen off Ecuador. And she could see a man waving what looked like a dark red T shirt.
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Birdwatcher Jeff Gilligan from Portland, Ore., was the first to spot the boat, something white that looked like a house.
Back at home in Oregon, Meredith couldn't sleep, wondering what happened to the men. Reading a news story about a Panamanian rescued off Ecuador in an open boat, she figured that was the boat they had seen.
Vasquez said he slipped their bodies into the sea after they began to rot in the heat. Before he was rescued, Nike Uptempo Upcoming
"'Tio, look what's coming over there,'" Vasquez recalled saying.
"We were kind of freaking out, thinking we don't see anything else happening," Meredith said.
Gilligan said he has had trouble coming up with an explanation for what happened.
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boats," he said. "And they were on a tight schedule and they let the schedule cloud their judgment."
She sent a copy to her son. When she returned to the promenade deck, she could still see the boat.
On Feb. Army base guarding the Panama Canal on the Pacific Coast. They were on their way back, happy with their catch, when the motor died.
Vasquez said he recognized their boat, the Fifty Cents, from the photos Gilligan had taken with his 300 mm lens.
But nothing happened. The ship kept going. And the little boat with the waving men disappeared.
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