Ten of the 1,000 people aboard the disabled cruise ship drifting in the South China Sea are from Bemidji, Minn., reported the Bemidji Pioneer.
One of the ten is Patricia Rall who is an arts and entertainment reporter for the Pioneer. She had been sending reports from the ship back where she talked about the situation aboard the drifting ship, said the Star Tribune.
In her latest report, she talked about the a barbecue that would be held for dinner and that the mood on the ship is "festive."
"On the pool deck, people are in the water to get a cool dip, others are playing bridge, 500 Rummy and, I think, Canasta. The beer is flowing and the mood is festive."
One of the advantages of being adrift at sea, she wrote, would also be the curious fish and dolphins that come right up to the ship.
"Schools of fish are swimming alongside the ship, jumping up out of the water, perhaps to catch some invisible, to our eyes, food. Dolphins are dancing off to the side to provide some entertainment or perhaps just curious about this floating object."