Monday, 15 April 2013

Cruise ships rescue rafters approaching United States from Cuba

Cruise ships rescue rafters approaching United States from Cuba, Cruise ships rescue rafters discovered approaching the United States on April 12, 2013. One of the vessels was bound from Cuba. The second vessel's point of origin has not yet been revealed.

What will become of the rafters rescued by cruise ships? According to The Seattle Times, "undocumented, non-U.S. citizens" intercepted on moving vessels headed toward American waters "are usually repatriated to their home countries."

Amazingly, both the Disney Wonder and the Carnival Conquest spotted and rescued what U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney referred to as "rustic vessels" on the same afternoon.

While the Carnival Conquest rescued 13 Cuban nationals about 40 miles from Key West, the Disney Wonder rescued eight individuals of unknown origin about 45 miles from Key West. Both cruise ships reported the separate incidents to the Coast Guard.

After the cruise ships rescued the rafters, staff supplied food, water and medical care to their unexpected guests. Fortunately, the rafters did not suffer any injuries or deaths on their unusual journey.

This isn't the first time that migrant rafters have found themselves in need of rescue. Migrant rafters discovered off the coast of Italy were rescued and brought ashore in an unrelated incident. Watch the video at the top of this page for more details.

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