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    41 Cubans saved at sea


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     nathaliebill told me, 'The captain announced spotting a vessel at around 6:45 p.m. a few hours after we left Key West and decided to slow down the Ecstasy to investigate. Once he realized what was going on he announced that he were going to rescue them. We approached the sinking boat to find screaming man, women and children on board of that sinking boat – The boat was taking on water and the wind and wave were not helping the rescue effort, it took more than an hour to get close enough to the boat. They opened a side gate and started loading on board the passengers on the drifting vessel, a total of 41 people including about six young children.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    While cruising on the Carnival Ecstasy from Key West to Cozumel on 03/27, the captain spotted a raft. He approached the raft to find on board of the sinking vessel 41 Cubans including young children. They were loaded on board of the Ecstasy and then later be turned over to the Coast Guard. The Ecstasy had to be rerouted and we went to Nassau instead of Cozumel but all were saved from the sinking vessel.

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