In spite of the multitudinous assurances from the “Cuba Experts” of the incredible magnanimity and supreme benevolence of the “reforms” being implemented by the Castro brothers’ brutally repressive apartheid dictatorship in Cuba, Cubans continue to throw themselves into the sea in an effort to escape.
Cruise ship rescues 24 Cuban migrants in Caribbean
A passing Carnival cruise ship has rescued 24 Cubans stranded in a wooden boat for five days, part of an apparently increasing number of would-be migrants setting off from the southeastern end of Cuba and trying to reach the United States.
The 2,000-passenger Carnival Paradise picked up the 23 men and one woman on Wednesday and put them ashore at its next scheduled stop in the Cayman Islands, a British territory about 125 miles south of Cuba.
“In keeping with a longtime tradition of aiding mariners in distress, Carnival Paradise altered its course and brought on board 24 individuals from Cuba who were provided with food, water, fresh clothing and accommodations and evaluated by the ship’s medical team,” the cruise company said in a statement.
Cayman authorities have reported spotting a growing number of Cuban migrant vessels in territorial waters in the past year, but provided no numbers. Cubans aboard seaworthy ships are allowed to continue, but others are forced ashore and usually returned to Cuba.
Most of the Cuban boats leave from the southeastern end of the communist-ruled island and try to ride the prevailing currents and winds to Central America. From there, the migrants can head by land to the Mexican border with the United States.
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