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Old December 17th, 2011, 01:26 PM
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Default Freedom of the seas dramatic rescue

Onboard the last day of our western Caribbean cruise on Freedom of the Seas, we stopped to rescue a small craft holding 8 passengers. The craft was homemade and appeared to be taking on water. I could hear them calling out from deck 12, and with a storm approaching were quickly rescued. We are currently circling their position awaiting a coast guard cutter to rendezvous with. Captain Tor Olsen is stating that the rescued sailors will be transferred to the cutter if the weather remains good. From the back of the windjammer, there is a nasty looking storm behind us.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 01:33 PM
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Also onboard FOS we watched the rescue (and took photos / video) from our balcony on deck 9. Had front row seats. Will post a few of the many photos once I get home.
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Wow.....
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Wow, look forward to pictures.
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Wow, I'm very interested to see the pictures. Were there any details about why they were out there???
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Sounds crazy! Looking forward to seeing pics as well! Glad they made it to safety.
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Wow, I'm very interested to see the pictures. Were there any details about why they were out there???
Cubans or Haitians would be the most likely scenario.
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loves_dogs;
ok your home safely.

Before you do anything else................

Post the pictures.

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Wow, I'm very interested to see the pictures. Were there any details about why they were out there???
They were probably trying to catch up to the ship after being left in port.

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They were probably trying to catch up to the ship after being left in port.

LOL....you know I could see people trying that....

But honestly, they referred to them as "sailors" ... is that just being polite??? Or were they really sailing something and got into trouble?
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It was a Cuban migrant raft.
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Did they eventually board the Freedom or did the Coast Guard arrive in time?

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It was a Cuban migrant raft.
So what happens in this case? Are they automatically returned to Cuba? Does it depend?
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Cubans or Haitians would be the most likely scenario.
They were Cubans, and were picked up by the ship's smaller rescue life boat. The Coast Guard showed up a couple of hours later and brought them aboard their cutter after they were given medical check ups, food, and clothing aboard the Freedom.

The storm was indeed wild looking. My very first close look at a water spout. All going on at the same time.
Quite the excitement!
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So what happens in this case? Are they automatically returned to Cuba? Does it depend?
In accordance with Wet Foot/Dry Foot, yes they will be returned to Cuba since they were intercepted at sea. They would only be brought to U.S. shore if there is a serious medical issue or legitimate asylym request.
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In accordance with Wet Foot/Dry Foot, yes they will be returned to Cuba since they were intercepted at sea. They would only be brought to U.S. shore if there is a serious medical issue or legitimate asylym request.
I always thought that once they were on a Coast Guard ship they would be brought to the U.S. since the Coast Guard ship is owned by the U.S.

Thanks Aquahound. We can also count on you for the correct answer.
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I always thought that once they were on a Coast Guard ship they would be brought to the U.S. since the Coast Guard ship is owned by the U.S.

Thanks Aquahound. We can also count on you for the correct answer.
Thank you. Your assumption is understandable but no, for the purposes of this law, our military vessels do not count as "dry foot." In fact, it's our USCG cutters that repatriot the migrants to Cuba.
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"Dramatic"... humm, maybe a stretch using that term. It was a good example of the well trained crew acting the way they have been instructed to respond.

I was please to hear the captain make timely announcements as we watched the rescue: why we were slowing down and going into a turn followed by what was happening as the 8 men were brought aboard. He referred to them as "8 gentlemen from the island south of us".

Fortunately for those on the small craft, we had relatively calms seas rather than those we had encountered earlier in the week.

As an aside: the Freedom continues to be an awesome ship with an equally fantastic crew. The entertainment on board was excellent. We enjoyed every minute of our B2B on her. She is clean, attractive, and welcoming. Kudos to the Freedom of the Seas
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We encountered the same situation last May aboard Navigator.....we were sailing from Cozumel back to Fort Lauderdale when we spotted 9 people on a very flimsy raft. We turned around and took them on board Navigator until the coast guard met up with us to take them.....
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