12 Allegedly Cuban Migrants Aboard Disney Cruise Ship ‘Disney Wonder’
Feb 15, 2016 03:28 AM EST
The US Coast Guard told the media on Sunday that the Disney Cruise ship named Disney Wonder took 12 migrants. The said 12 migrants were identified as Cubans.
Sun Sentinel reported that it is still not sure as to whether those 12 Cuban are really migrants. It is also not sure whether they are heading to the United States. U.S. Coast Guard 7th District spokesman Jon-Paul Rios said the 12 Cuban migrants were turned over to the local authorities of Grand Cayman. The said 12 Cuban people were taken to authorities for questioning. It is still not reported as to whether they were illegally entering the territory of the United States.
According to CNN, the Disney Cruise ship or Disney Wonder was heading to Grand Cayman from Miami. The crew of the Disney cruise ship spotted an old, worn-out and dangerous looking boat. An informant told the US Coast Guard that the boat looked like it wasn't safe to travel in especially in the vast sea. They found the boat at around 8pm on a Saturday. The boat had the 12 Cuban migrants in it.
There is an increase of Cuban migrants taking the illegal way to go to the US. Since the relationship between Cuba and the United States is on the rocks, these people ought to rather risk their lives than do the legal way. CBS Local stated that most Cuban migrants travel through sea than land. That way, they won't be found out by the immigration authorities.
It was said that the same Disney cruise ship took aboard eight migrants. In 2013, they were tasked by the US coast guards to take the migrants. Many cruise ships have an agreement with the US Coast Guards about things related to migrants traveling in the sea. They are asked to take migrants and bring them to authorities when they reach their next stop.