A Carnival cruise ship rescued 23 people who were adrift for three days in a disabled boat in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.
The rescue took place when Carnival Fantasy was returning to Mobile, Alabama during a four night cruise to the Western Caribbean. The cruise ship stopped in Cozumel, Mexico on Saturday and was returning back to the U.S. at the time of rescue.
Carnival Cruise Line worked with the U.S. Coast Guard to rescue the 23 Cubans who were traveling on a boat from Cuba to Mexico when their boat lost power. After three days adrift at sea, the Coast Guard was contacted by one of the brothers in the disabled boat.
The Coast Guard contacted the Carnival cruise ship which was in the area. Carnival Fantasy diverted from their course to aid in the rescue. The rescue took place approximately 130 nautical miles from the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday morning.
A few of the passengers on board the disabled boat received minor medical care on Carnival Fantasy. The 23 people who were rescued from the boat will be transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Mobile, Alabama.
Carnival Fantasy is scheduled to arrive back in Mobile this morning and depart for a five night cruise to the Western Caribbean this afternoon.