Cruise ship plucks six sinking rafters from ocean
BY HANNAH SAMPSON
Sailing home from a weekend cruise to the Bahamas, a Royal Caribbean
cruise ship picked up some unexpected passengers Sunday: five men and a
woman floating on a sinking raft.
The ship made it back to Port Canaveral Monday morning, where the six
people were turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Late Monday, they were still being questioned aboard a Coast Guard
cutter. While the cruise line said all were Cuban, a Coast Guard
spokesman said he could not confirm their nationality or conditions.
Someone aboard Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas spotted the
distressed rafters around 5:30 p.m. Sunday off Freeport in the Bahamas.
The ship, which departed Friday, was sailing back to Port Canaveral from
CocoCay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas.
The 2,744-passenger ship approached the raft and workers pulled the six
people aboard, where they were given food, water and medical care.
Cruise officials contacted the Coast Guard according to standard procedure.