This is the moment a pilot and passenger were rescued from the Caribbean Sea after their plane crashed into the water.

They were spotted by the Regal Princess cruise ship after falling into trouble.

The US Coast Guard in Miami had sent an aircraft to the site and contacted the ship’s captain for help, according to the Miami New Times and The Sun.

The Regal Princess was in the area at the time as it was sailing on to St Thomas, one of the US Virgin Islands.

In a video, passengers can be seen watching the rescue from a deck on the cruise liner.

Many of them cheered the crew on as the boat headed towards the couple and gave a round of applause after they picked them up.

After the boat returned to the cruise ship, the person filming asked “Did they get them?” before cheers and another round of applause.

“That’s amazing,” he said while watching the successful rescue.

Taylor Ensign, who also filmed the event, tweeted: “Just heard the captain say both people are doing well. We are back on our original course.”

Princess Cruises addressed the incident on Twitter.

“A small plane crashed in the Caribbean Sea, and the @USCG called on our Regal Princess crew to assist with the rescue,” the company said.

“We’re happy to report both people are now safely on-board as the ship continues to St Thomas!”

“From the moment Captain Stringer made the ‘Man Overboard’ announcement to the time the 2 individuals were brought to medical on our ship, the Regal crew and staff were amazing,” Mr Ensign said.

“The bridge was very communicative about what was happening the entire time. Unbelievable all around.”

Another tweeted: “Well done to Captain Stringer & his team on-board Regal @PrincessCruises for going to the rescue of two passengers of a small aircraft that ditched in the sea. Amazing work.”

The cruise ship continued on its journey. It is due to return to Port Everglades on March 10.

Another cruise ship managed to rescue three fisherman off the coast of Great Yarmouth, on the east coast of England, after their boat sank. Passengers broke into applause on the Pacific Princess after the successful rescue.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission