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By David K. Li
A Carnival cruise ship helped the US Coast Guard rescues nearly two dozen Cubans who have been adrift at sea for a week in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said Monday.
After a Coast Guard aircrew spotted the Cubans at about 8:40 am.
The Carnival Fantasy ̵
"The Carnival Cruise Line has a longstanding policy of assisting distressed mariners at sea," according to a company statement
The harrowing journey (1969009) These original 22 passengers have been picked up by a Cuban, and they have been picked up by a Cuba -Mexican national in his sport fishing vessel before that craft also lost power, and was adrift at sea for another three days, according to the Coast Guard
The fishing vessel had a satellite phone and one of the 22 original travelers called his brother in Cuba, who then phoned the Coast Guard directly to ask for U.S.
It was not immediately clear how, or if, the Cuban-Mexican national knew of those original 22 travelers or if any of them were asylum seekers, according to Giles
The Carnival Fantasy pulled into Mobile on Monday, when Customs and Border Protection investigators met and interviewed 23 once-stranded passengers, and CBP spokeswoman said. The ship had 2,500 Carnival guests and 900 crew members, according to the company