MIAMI, United States. — The cruise ship Paradise, of the American company Carnival, rescued a group of Cuban rafters in waters near the resort of Cancun, the chain reported today WFLA-TV (NewsChannel 8).
According to what Pat Messier, a passenger who was on the cruise, told that local media in the city of Tampa, on this occasion there were six migrants rescued by the Paradise crew.
Messier related to WFLA-TV that, first, the captain of the cruise ship made the announcement to the passengers and then the boat surrounded the improvised boat in which the Cubans were, made of foam and plywood.
“The captain came on loudspeaker and said we were going to slow down, they had a boat to make sure they weren’t in any danger,” he added.
The passenger described as “very sad” the fact that Cubans have to leave the island illegally and risking their lives at sea.
“I think it’s very sad that you risk your life in an ocean where you don’t know what’s going to happen an hour from now because right after we picked them up, about an hour later, a big storm came through,” Messier said.
Shortly before arriving at the port of Cancun, the six people rescued by the Paradise were relocated to a small boat belonging to the Mexican authorities.
In late July, 12 Cuban rafters were rescued by the crew of the same cruise ship as it headed back to the port of Miami.
A report of the local channel WPLG (Local 10) indicated that the 12 rescued men were made available to the United States Coast Guard (USCG, for its acronym in English).
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