Posted on April 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) alongside the crew of the Cruise Ship, Carnival Fantasy, rescued 23 people stranded off the Yucatan Peninsula on April 14, 2019.

At approximately 01:15 am in the morning, the Eight & Seventh Coast Guard District command centres received a report from a Cuban national that over 23 individuals were adrift aboard a disabled ship, some 130 nautical miles off the Yucatan Peninsula.

According to initial reports, the 23 Cubans had been traveling from Cuba to Mexico on a wooden boat that had lost power. They had been adrift for over three days when a Cuban-Mexican national spotted the disabled ship and took them onboard his sport fishing vessel.

However, the sport fishing vessel later malfunctioned, leading to everyone onboard being stranded at sea for an additional three days.

The USCG, upon hearing the report, immediately launched an air mission in order to locate the distressed vessel. The Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircrew attempted to find the sip but was initially unable to locate it.

It wasn’t until 8:40 am on the Sunday morning that the Coast Guard managed to locate the vessel.

The Carnival Fantasy, that had already changed its course in order to assist with the investigation, arrived on the scene shortly afterward.

All the distressed individuals were taken onboard. Two of them having suffered minor medical issues and were treated by the ship’s medical staff.

The rescuees will be transferred to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection & the Coast Guard Investigate Services.


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Posted in Safety , Search and Rescue , Immigration

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