The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday stated it labored with a cruise ship to rescue 23 individuals adrift for days within the Gulf of Mexico.

A Coast Guard information assertion stated 22 Cubans began touring on a picket boat from Cuba to Mexico earlier than shedding energy and drifting three days. A Cuban-Mexican man took them aboard his sports activities fishing boat, however then its engines malfunctioned and the group drifted three extra days.

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The Coast Guard stated it was contacted early Sunday by a brother of one of many Cubans. Along with launching its personal effort to search out the disabled fishing boat, the Coast Guard alerted the Carnival Fantasy.

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The cruise ship took the 23 individuals aboard inside hours, about 130 nautical miles off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

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The assertion stated two of the individuals rescued had minor medical points and have been handled by medical workers on the cruise ship. It added that the 23 individuals can be transferred Tuesday to U.S. Customs and Border Safety and Coast Guard Investigative Providers in Cellular, Alabama.

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