Disney Magic rescues 18 lost at sea!

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  1. ixDreamxofxDisney

    ixDreamxofxDisney Earning My Ears

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    From SuziQZee: I think it would be really interesting to watch the CMs in action! How do you "tie up" a small boat to a huge ship?? And what do you do with the small boat after it's empty? If you bring it onboard....how?


    I was actually on the ship for that cruise, and my friends and I had stayed up until about 345 in Diversions when one of our friends noticed something in the water: the little dingy boat! We ran up to the 4th deck and watched as Disney lowered a lifeboat and dragged the Algerians around the ship. It was truly a sight to see, and it makes a great story to tell, too! Hahaha
     
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  3. bats

    bats Enjoying Bahama Mama's

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    I was also on the ship and although this was a bit of excitement, it won't end well for the rescued people.

    They got taken off of the ship at death o'clock and straight into a Police van. The Spanish authorities will deport them before they even get their feet dried. They are very, very strict.
     
  4. maria-fan-22

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    Any time someone is found at sea they ahve to be taken into custody because they could be bad. The cops there are strict but if these algerians have nothing to hide, then they will be released. Most likely back to Algeria. pirate:
     
  5. insureman

    insureman Disney Cruise Crazy or so my family tells me!

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  6. PearlySwan

    PearlySwan "I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread so

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    ^^^ So I wonder how it is possible the Algerians got picked up then. Don't get me wrong I'm glad they are safe, but this leaves me with the following questions. Is there a difference between Algerians fleeing economic hardship and Cubans fleeing a totalitarian Communist dictatorship? Are there different Coast Guard regulations for different people in distress at sea in international waters?
     
  7. insureman

    insureman Disney Cruise Crazy or so my family tells me!

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    The US Coast Guard would not be involved in anything like this in the Med. because it is out of it's jurisdiction.
     
  8. Grandma4ever

    Grandma4ever One day closer and still counting!!!

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    It is the difference between the regulation in the US as opposed to those of other countries. In many ways it makes me feel very sad.
     
  9. idreamaway

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    The US Coast Guard has no authority in international waters...
     
  10. PearlySwan

    PearlySwan "I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread so

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    I was under the impression maritime law dictated that assistance be given to any ship or vessel in distress at sea, regardless of location or nationality of passengers aboard said vessel. I guess my question is this. Why were the Algerians picked up and brought aboard the Magic while the Cubans were left to be picked up by the Coast Guard? Surely there must be the equivalent of a Spanish Coast Guard in the Mediterranean.
     
  11. Malaguti Ball Clan

    Malaguti Ball Clan aka the MALABALL an unstoppable family of fun

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    Although it is a requirement of signatory countries to render aid to those in peril at sea, it is not a requirement to embark them. As the PP stated, the Cuban refugees were kept alongside until the USCG showed up and embarked them, therefore I would speculate that the weather conditions, amount of daylight remaining and estimated time of arrival by USCG units dictated that the risk was acceptable to leave the Cubans in the boat. Also as the PP stated, the cubans tried to swim away from the USCG, could you imagine if they were on DCL and saw the CG, they may have "ran" and that would have been quite the scene!

    Its not an issue MAGIC making the decision alone, I am sure they were advised by the USCG to "stand by" the cuban boat until the USCG asset arrived.

    As for the Algerians, I cannot speculate as much here but I would guess that the Spanish CG does not have the same capabilities both in terms of communications, assets nor the experience the USCG has in dealing with migrants.

    Cubans are very rarely are happy to see the USCG unless things are going wrong and their lives are in imminent danger, as they know they will most likely be going back to cuba if the USCG gets them.
     
  12. Malaguti Ball Clan

    Malaguti Ball Clan aka the MALABALL an unstoppable family of fun

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    Depends on the situation, the USCG has some very broad authority and jurisdiction on the high seas.
     
  13. Mindy5767

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    Me too!! this is FANTASTIC news!! Truely Magical!!
     

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