A cruise ship rescued 17 Cuban migrants stranded in a small boat in the middle of the sea

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The rafters were assisted by the crew and then turned over to the US Coast Guard. They spent almost two weeks sailing to get to Florida

< i class="i-share-btn telegram">The moment Cuban rafters ask the Royal Caribbean cruise ship for help

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship heading to the Bahamas rescued a group of 17 Cuban migrants who were stranded at sea aboard a fragile vessel, the US firm reported.

The Liberty of The Seas cruise ship found “a small drifting vessel on Saturday that I needed help”, the Miami, Florida-based firm said in a statement, adding that the crew “immediately launched a rescue operation, safely bringing 17 people on board.”

After the rescue, the crew provided medical attention to the rafters before turning them over to the US Coast Guard, Royal Caribbean added.

The group said they had been at sea for “weeks”, cruise passenger and witness to the rescue Josh Levine” told local channel WPTV.

“Honestly, my heart broke for them. For you to be at sea for 15 or 16 days trying to escape your country in search of a better life, you have to be going through a lot,” Mark Jackson told the outlet. >

Earlier this month, the crews of two tourist cruises sailing in the Caribbean rescued 24 immigrants who were aboard fragile vessels trying to reach the coast of Florida.

Florida has registered in recent weeks a notorious increase in the arrival of immigrants, mostly from Cuba and Haiti, as well as interceptions of vessels off its coasts.

A cruise ship rescued 17 Cuban migrants stranded in a small boat in the middle of the sea

The rafters were adrift at sea more than 15 days

On Friday, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) said that since August of last year, more than 5,200 migrants have arrived in 306 landings to this southern state, with a total of 8,400 undocumented immigrants who were intercepted at sea and repatriated.

The United States, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands have returned 1,115 irregular migrants to Cuba in the first 13 days of the year, the Ministry of the Interior (Minint) reported this Saturday.

The United States leads the the list with the most returns of Cubans, registering 970, followed by the Bahamas (129) and the Cayman Islands (16), indicated the Minint in a press release.

“The returnees in these first days of the year represent 9% of the total returns in 2022″, according to the Cuban authorities.

That entity warned that on Sunday, January 8, there was “the largest return in recent years” carried out by the US Coast Guard with 273 people who “had participated in illegal departures from the country” through a port in Matanzas (west).

“The Cuban government has reiterated its commitment to regular, safe and orderly migration and insists on the danger and life-threatening conditions that such movements through illegal means represent, fundamentally by sea,” the Ministry said.

A cruise ship rescued 17 Cuban migrants stranded in a small boat in the middle of the sea

Mexican authorities return Cuba to a group of migrants trying to reach the US (EFE/Juan Manuel Blanco)

“Following the new migratory measures of the Joseph Biden administration, the Cuban authorities have maintained that a more normal migratory relationship, which includes temporary visits between the two countries, would contribute to reducing the migratory potential,” he added.

At the beginning of this year, the US government implemented a policy to welcome 30,000 migrants a month from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba and Nicaragua.

In parallel, it will immediately expel migrants from those countries who attempt to cross into its territory irregularly to Mexico.

Mexico, for its part, agreed to admit 30,000 migrants a month who be expelled from United States territory.

The United States has seen at its southern border record numbers in decades of migrants trying to cross irregularly motivated, for the most part, by a new migratory exodus without precedents from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

In the case of Cuba, a total of 224,607 citizens arrived at the US southern border in fiscal year 2022 – between October 2021 and September 30, 2022-, according to the United States Customs and Border Protection.

Likewise, until October 1, the date As the current fiscal year began, 3,370 Cubans were detained in the Florida Straits.

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