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    Carnival Cruise ship picks up Cuban Refugees


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     The Carnival Paradise provided the following statement about the rescue:

    "Yesterday evening, while sailing in the Caribbean en route to Grand Cayman, the Carnival Paradise spotted a small craft in need of assistance. In keeping with a longtime tradition of aiding mariners in distress, Carnival Paradise altered its course and brought on board 24 individuals from Cuba who were provided with food, water, fresh clothing and accommodations and evaluated by the ship’s medical team.

    All proper authorities were notified, including the United States Coast Guard. There was no impact to the Carnival Paradise’s itinerary and the ship arrived in Grand Cayman this morning as scheduled.

    Carnival Paradise is currently on a five-day cruise that departed Tampa on Monday, part of its year-round four- and five-day schedule from that port."

    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    This is the moment when Carnival Paradise was flagged down by a boat containing 24 Cuban Refugees in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship came alongside the boat and picked up the 23 men and 1 woman. They are now in the care of ship staff as the vessel continues en route to Grand Cayman. The cruise began Monday from Tampa.

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