One of the Disney Cruise Line’s ships picked up eight migrant rafters last Friday. The Disney Wonder was sailing approximately forty miles from Key West on April 12, 2013 when they spotted and rescued eight migrant rafters. Their nationality has not been released yet. Carnival Cruise Line’s Conquest ship reported that they picked up thirteen Cuban nationals in the same area on Friday.
All of these individuals have been turned over to the United States Coast Guard. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently interviewing all of these migrant rafters that were rescued by the two cruise ships off the Florida Keys. Petty Officer Mark Barney says that Coast Guard officials will decide whether they will be sent back to their country of origin or be turned over to U.S. authorities.
Generally, if an immigrant from Cuba does not reach the shore of the United States, they are sent back to their homeland. The crews on both of these cruise ships provided these individuals with food, water, and medical attention.
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