Allure of the Seas Rescues Cuban Migrants Adrift at Sea

by Rebecca Dolan Subscribe to Rebecca Dolan's posts Posted May 16th 2011 08:45 AM



The migrants – eight men and one woman – were found off the northern tip of Cuba by Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. The ship was returning to Port Everglades after a week-long Caribbean cruise.

On board the ship, the group was given food, water and medical attention. They had been at sea for eight days on a makeshift boat with a yellow tarp.

"It was actually really exciting while it was all happening," cruise passenger Colleen Hinch told The Miami Herald. "The captain made an announcement so everyone went over to the side to see what was happening. We turned around and there was a little tiny boat that didn't look very sea-worthy."

The migrants were spotted at approximately 2 PM and by approximately 4 PM were handed over to the United States Coast Guard.

There's no word on the current status of the men and woman, but they will likely be repatriated.

UPDATE 4:15pm: Huffington Post and AOL Travel reader Michelle Sullivan sent in video of the rescue taken from the Allure of the Seas. WATCH below:

UPDATE 5/17: More exclusive video of the rescue below:

Allure of the Seas Rescue from Michelle Sullivan on Vimeo.

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Nine more leeches that will have 27 kids that we all have to pay. We should send them back on the same boat that they came on with a swift kick in the ass.

May 17 2011 at 7:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nine more poor souls willing to risk their lives for a chance at the freedom we take for granted? Or to a free loading?

May 17 2011 at 5:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Thats right send them back or next time let them drowned.

May 17 2011 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Michael's comment

Do you know where are they coming and why,probably not,let me you explain.They are coming from Cuba , which has one of the oldest and bloodiest dictatorship of all time where there is no hope and people living in fear under the most severe oppression and poverty.You are talking as if you feel discrimation towards them because they are immigrants that the only thing they want is freedom, but let me remind you that your ancestors were also immigrants seeking freedom,so watch your words.

May 17 2011 at 4:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ramon's comment

If it was us going to their country they would shoot us or incarcerate us so hell no send them home
they come to the usa and kill,sell dope turn into gang members with the rest of their families and you would be just as vulnerable as the next guy if they took your family hostage and killed them and they don't have **** to lose nothing ,and as for us all being immigrants no my whole family was was chocktaw indians here in the now usa and damn if they didnt get us here to

May 17 2011 at 5:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Why were our grandparents and parents REQUIRED, to enter this country Legally; when today our government rewards Illegal Aliens and their Anchor Babies. What makes these people so special.? Why were our grandparents and parents REQUIRED to learn and be taught in English; when today, our government no longer requires people who come to this country to speak the language of this land. Why are the American people, forced to pay for housing and benefits for people, who never worked a day in their life in this country?
The American people are told by government that Senior Citizens are not allowed a COLA, as the Cost of Living has not gone up, while Congress has given itself a Three Thousend Per Month, Cost of Living Increase. Why the Double Standard? Why does government have Hundreds of Billions of dollars for Foriegn Countries however American Citizens are told that the government is out of money.
Why is it that the American people are told that they must sacrifice and do without, however neither the
President or the Congress are required to Sacrifice?

May 17 2011 at 1:53 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gmydogbud's comment

If this country needs to borrow money every day why the ***k do we send money to all of these countries; this really has to stop. They are sending our future social security checks to countries that do not even like us and I am tired of it!!!!

May 17 2011 at 6:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

every day people try to get here. by any means necessary, and others will try to destroy us by any means necessary, boy what a paradox".

May 17 2011 at 1:28 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Cost me $11,000. to get on a cruise ship. Some sorry assed illegals get on free.

May 17 2011 at 1:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to ufobuck's comment

Nine more poor souls willing to risk their lives for a chance at the freedom we take for granted. Too bad Royal Carabbean chooses to flag there vessels where U.S. laws do not apply. ( Mostly to avoid paying U.S. wages to there crews) Had they been rescued by a U.S. ship they would have a better chance at being able to stay. Still Royal Carabean should get credit for saving lives with there rescue on the high seas. I am a little surprised that the Captin got the OK to turn around and waste all that fuel.

May 17 2011 at 1:01 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply


May 17 2011 at 12:55 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

a bunch of foreigners picking up a bunch of illegal aliens to drop them off in the USA to gain social benefits.

May 17 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Nice job royal caribean being such humanitarians.

May 17 2011 at 12:50 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply