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    Norwegian Cruise Line Rescues Cuban Refugees


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Bens8806 was enjoying a relaxing trip on a Norwegian Cruise when just north of Havana, Cuba the cruise line spotted a boat of refugees floating in a small boat in the middle of the ocean on March 20. He was standing on the ship's pool deck at the time, and saw the men in their small vessel. He says the ship's captain came over the intercom and stated that they were going to turn around and rescue the boat. 'All the passengers started cheering and running to the back of the ship to spot the small boat,' he said. He says once onboard, the cruise line's crew cleaned up the 24 refugees and gave them new clothes and food to eat.
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    On March 20th 2014, the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship practiced its rescue and retrieval procedures in real time when a small boat with 24 individuals were seen drifting with the current of the ocean waving white flags in distress. Their boat had an inboard motor that had broken down three days earlier. All the passengers onboard the cruise vessel were watching and cheering as the crew provided a rescue lifeboat for the refugees to come aboard. The Norwegian ship then headed for U.S. waters to meet with the U.S. Coast Guard and hand over the 24 individuals for further procedures on getting the refugees to the correct authorities. All footage and pictures are copyright of Shaun Bens. Contact me at

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