CruiseNewser posted a video showing Carnival Dream pulling migrants out of a stricken boat on May 7. The 39 migrants (five women and 34 men) have been rescued from unseaworthy boat between Grand Cayman and Jamaica. The USCG said the Cubans had been heading towards the States when their boat suffered an engine failure. According to the migrants, they had been adrift at sea for several days. Eyewitnesses said the migrants' boat had taken on significant amount of water. The Cubans were taken on board and were provided with water, food, clothes, medical assistance and accommodation.
The information was confirmed by Carnival Cruise Lines. In a statement, the company added that it was proud of its crew. Carnival ships have rescued 104 migrants since the beginning of 2014.
On May 9, all 39 were taken by a Coast Guard cutter and were transported ashore. Mark Barney, Coast Guard spokesman, said they had been taken to custody and their fingerprints would be retested in order to determine if they had been documented earlier. Barney added that normally the migrants would be repatriated back to Cuba.
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Estimations show that 50,000 - 60,000 Cubans arrive in the U.S. еach year.
"A lot of people are desperate in Cuba and have been for a long time. They feel as if they have no future under the Castro regime," said Jaime Suchlicki, the director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami.
Carnival Dream (IMO number 9378474 and MMSI 370490000) was built in 2009. The 13,815-ton vessel is registered in Panama. Current position of Carnival Dream.