Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Cruise captain describes emotional rescue of rafters in deep sea

“We saw a boat full of people and it looked like they were in trouble.” That’s how Captain Kate McCue of the Celebrity Beyond cruise ship begins, the video with which she documents the rescue of a group of migrants aboard a dingy boat.

McCue recorded a desperate attempt by a group of migrants to reach land on the precarious ship about 200 miles from Fort Lauderdale on Monday afternoon.

The captain describes his team’s efforts to rescue the group and bring them to safety. He says that he stopped the boat, turned and made the migrants sit in it.

In videos uploaded to TikTok, his colleagues are seen giving food, blankets and medicine to the migrants.

He narrates via a video with images of the rescue how they approached the rusticated boat and managed to get the crew members on board the cruise ship.

Andres Brander, a reporter for Telemundo 48 who was also aboard the ship, described what had happened. “It was a very small boat, many people in it, they had a small white flag; the captain said there were about 12 people, he checked that they were healthy and then we stood in the sea for about two and a half hours “

“We’re all human and when someone needs help out in the open where there could potentially be sharks, you always have to help,” Brander said.

In the early hours of this Tuesday, a ship docked at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and several vehicles from Customs and the United States Border Patrol converged on the terminal. It was not clear whether it was related to the migrants on board.

As of this Tuesday afternoon, there was no further information or confirmation from immigration officials about the nationality of this group of migrants. According to some passengers, they would be of Cuban origin.

Just a few days ago, another Carnival cruise company also rescued another group of rafters.

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