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Royal Caribbean Ship Rescues 23 Cuban Migrants

04/ 6/12 02:26 PM ET AP

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A cruise ship departing from Jamaica has rescued 23 Cuban migrants after someone aboard spotted their small boat.

A spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. says officials on the Oasis of the Seas brought the Cubans aboard and provided them with food, water and medical treatment after alerting the U.S. Coast Guard.

Cynthia Martinez says the Cubans were turned over to Mexican authorities when the ship arrived in Cozumel on Thursday.

The regional Mexican newspaper Por Esto reports Friday that the Cubans told journalists in Cozumel they were from the areas of Manzanillo and Bayamo and that they had set to sea in a makeshift boat three weeks ago, trying to reach Honduras.

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Rescuers work on the cruise ship Costa Concordia as lies stricken off the shore of the island of Giglio, on January 17, 2012 in Giglio Porto, Italy. More than four thousand people were on board when the ship hit a rock off the Tuscan coast. At least 11 people have been confirmed dead and another 24 missing. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)


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