Posted on Monday, 05.16.11
Cruise ship picks up Cubans adrift in raft at sea
The Associated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A cruise ship heading back to port in South
Florida picked up nine Cubans adrift in a raft at sea.
Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez says the Allure of the
Seas' crew spotted the raft Saturday near the northern tip of Cuba.
The eight men and one woman got food, water and medical treatment aboard
the cruise ship before the U.S. Coast Guard took them into custody.
One family taking the cruise tells The Miami Herald the ship's captain
announced the rescue to passengers. They said that from the side of the
cruise ship, the raft looked tiny and rickety.
Cubans picked up at sea are generally returned to Cuba.
The cruise ship was heading to Port Everglades at the end of a seven-day
trip in the Caribbean.