Cruise ship forced to divert after finding 17 Cuban migrants in small raft

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Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas cruise ship rescued 17 Cuban migrants Saturday who were spotted in a makeshift boat. 

After seeing the boat adrift and in need of assistance while en route to the Bahamas, the Royal Caribbean ship launched a successful rescue operation and brought all 17 passengers aboard.

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Photos from onboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas cruise ship show the rescue of 17 Cuban migrants, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (Fox News / Fox News)

The cruise ship's medical team provided care for the Cuban nationals pulled from the boat.

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A passenger aboard the Liberty of the Seas spoke with Fox News Digital about the incident. The passenger also provided images of the rescue, but requested to keep their identity private. 

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Photos from onboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas cruise ship show the rescue of 17 Cuban migrants, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (Fox News / Fox News)

The Liberty of the Seas was reportedly forced to forgo a planned stop on its cruise route in order to deliver the migrants to the U.S. Coast Guard.

"While enroute to The Bahamas, Liberty of the Seas encountered a small vessel adrift and in need of assistance," Royal Caribbean said in a statement to Fox News. 

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Photos from onboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas cruise ship show the rescue of 17 Cuban migrants, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (Fox News / Fox News)

The company continued, "The ship's crew immediately launched a rescue operation, safely bringing 17 people onboard. The crew is actively giving them medical attention, and working with the United States Coast Guard." 

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