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Saturday August 25, 2012

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Rescues 58 Haitians Adrift Off of Mexico

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Rescues 58 Haitians Adrift Off of Mexico

Photo: Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

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Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas rescued a group of 58 Haitians found adrift in a makeshift wooden vessel in the Caribbean, Mexican authorities said.

The Cozumel port captain’s office said Friday that the group of 47 adult men, four boys and seven women was detected in international waters the day before.

According to the report, the cruise ship - currently the world’s largest - had set off from Jamaica Thursday and the small boat was spotted near George Town, Cayman Islands.

In compliance with international law, the Haitians were turned over Friday morning to Mexican authorities on the island of Cozumel, where the cruise ship had anchored after traversing the Caribbean.

The Haitians were received by officials and medical personnel with the National Migration Institute, the Cozumel port captain’s office and the Mexican navy, who verified that they were in good health.

Mexican authorities said the Haitians were sent to the immigration station in Chetumal, capital of the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, for processing.