The mobile-based Carnival cruise ship "Fantasy" helped rescue 23 people from a stranded boat on Sunday morning.
According to a Coast Guard statement, a call from a Cuban arrived shortly after 1am on Sunday. A citizen said his brother and others were aboard a commercial sports craft with disabilities about 130 nautical miles from the Yucatan Peninsula. The Coast Guard reported that 22 of the people aboard were Cuban nationals who started their journey from Cuba to Mexico on a wooden boat that had lost power three days earlier. They were rescued by the operator of the fishing boat who brought them aboard before his own engine failed and people were incapacitated for three additional days.
The Coast Guard launched a plane to search for the ship and alert the incoming Carnival Fantasy in the field, bringing the individuals on board at 1
Passengers aboard the Fantasy told the WKRG the ship made its way back to the port of Mobile as he returned south to answer the emergency call.
The 23 people were transferred to Customs and Border Guard and Coast Guard Investigation Services in Mobile.