- Posted March 28, 2014 by
41 Cubans saved at sea
The Ecstasy tuned around to reinter the US waters to the coast guard could come to get the refugees out of the Ecstasy, the transfer from the Ecstasy to the Coast Guard’s cutter was done via a smaller vessel, not all the refugees could be transferred ( I believe because of the weather conditions) and the coast guard instructed the captain to return to Key West. I am not sure that we actually docked back in Key West again but by the morning all refugees were turned in to the US Authorities and the leg to Cozumel was canceled, Carnival could secure a day in Nassau instead.
We were of course little bit disappointed not to go to Cozumel as we already made the cruise to Nassau, but in all honesty we are extremely happy we were able to save these people, the Ecstasy was probably their last chance. Their boat was taking on water, the sea was rough that day, the wind strong and the night very cold for the season, I don’t see our that craft could have stay afloat another day and they were just drifting.
People reactions were all over the map, some like us were just happy we could participate in saving these people, some felt they should be compensated for the change of plan and we heard extremely nasty comments on the rescue like “should drop some bags od cement and let them sink”.