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Cruise ship rescues Cuban migrants adrift at sea

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014
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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — The government of the Cayman Islands says 24 Cuban migrants rescued by a cruise ship appear to be in good health.

A government statement issued Thursday says the 23 men and one woman were being detained by immigration authorities in the British territory. They are to be returned to Cuba under an agreement between the countries.

Carnival Cruise Lines says one of its ships rescued the group Tuesday. Their vessel had been adrift for several days in the Caribbean when the Carnival Paradise stopped to pick them up.

Miami-based Carnival Corp. says the crew gave the stranded migrants food, water and fresh clothing and then took them to the ship's next destination in Grand Cayman. The Paradise is on a five-day cruise that departed Tampa on Monday.