Carnival Conquest picking up refugees from rafts in Gulf
Jay Vise Reporting
The Coast Guard confirms the New Orleans-based Carnival Cruse ship Conquest is one of at least two ships that rescued people aboard small boats or rafts in the Gulf.
A passenger aboard the Conquest tells WWL Radio News that 13 people from an inflatable raft were taken aboard. Officers on the Conquest told passengers that the ship would be diverted to Key West to offload the new passengers.
That passenger says according to a crew member, the 13 people were Cubans who had been adrift for six days.
A Coast Guard spokesman could not confirm if the people aboard the rafts were from Cuba, describing them as "migrants."
The spokesman says the other ship involved is a Disney ship, but he did not know which liner it was.