Stranded boat

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says the Carnival Fantasy, while on a cruise out of Mobile, helped rescue 23 people stranded in a disabled boat.

The Coast Guard received a call from a man around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. The caller, who is a Cuban national, said his brother and 22 others were adrift on a disabled sport fisher. The boat was located about 130 miles offshore near the Yucatan Peninsula.

According to the Coast Guard, 22 Cuban nationals started their voyage from Cuba to Mexico on a wooden boat that eventually lost power. After drifting in the sea for three days, they were spotted by a Cuban-Mexican national who took all 22 people aboard his fishing boat. The engines on that vessel failed, and all 23 were adrift at sea for an additional three days.

A Coast Guard helicopter located the boat around 8:40 a.m., and the Coast Guard alerted the Carnival Fantasy. The Fantasy arrived on the scene around 10: 47 a.m. and brought the stranded boaters on board. Two people had minor medical issues that were treated by the cruise ship’s medical staff.

All 23 people will be taken to Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard Investigative Services in Mobile on Tuesday.

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