On Wednesday, the world’s largest cruise ship, the 5,400 passenger Oasis of the Seas, brought 23 Cubans refugees onboard after spotting them in their little small boat, shortly after the mega-ship left Falmouth, Jamaica.
En route to Cozumel, someone on the ship spotted the small boat. When the Oasis of the Seas moved in closer to the wooden boat, a rescue craft was dispatched. The 19 men and 4 women were handed life jackets and were transferred to the rescue boat. Food, water and medical treatment were given to all the refugees.
The cruise line notified the US Coast and was instructed to proceed to Cozumel as planned, disembark the 23 refugees and turn them over to Mexican authorities.
Source: Miami Herald
Photo credit: Royal Caribbean