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Monday, Oct 24, 2016
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Tampa cruise ship rescues Cuban migrants at sea

A Carnival cruise ship out of Tampa rescued 24 Cuban migrants whose vessel had been adrift in the Caribbean, authorities said Thursday.

The government of the Cayman Islands said the 23 men and one woman picked up by the Carnival Paradise appeared to be in good health.

A government statement said they were being detained by immigration authorities in the British territory. They are to be returned to Cuba under an agreement between the countries.

Carnival Cruise Lines said the Paradise rescued the group Tuesday. The Cubans’ vessel had been adrift for several days in the Caribbean.

Miami-based Carnival Corp. said the Paradise crew gave the stranded migrants food, water and fresh clothing and then took them to the ship’s next destination in Grand Cayman.

The Paradise was on a five-day cruise that departed Tampa on Monday.