Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas rescued seven Cubans floating in a raft in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.
The seven Cubans had been at sea for 10 days, with nothing more than water and crackers. After the raft was spotted, the U.S. Coast Guard was called to help aid in the rescue.
The refugees were brought on board and given provisions. After being on the ship for two hours, the Coast Guard picked up the refugees and the ship continued back home to Port Canaveral. Several passengers who were on the ship uploaded video of the rescue to YouTube and Royal Caribbean cruise groups on Facebook.
Freedom of the Seas was returning to Port Canaveral near the end of a seven night cruise to the Western Caribbean when the raft was spotted. The 3,600 passenger, 154,000 gross ton ship had port stops in Labadee, Haiti; George Town, Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. Desiree Stoval filmed the following video of the rescue.
Photo Credit: Desiree Stovall via Youtube