Disney cruise ship rescues 12 Cuban migrants from 'rustic' vessel

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Disney Cruise Ship Rescues 12 Cuban Migrants From 'Rustic' Vessel

Passengers on board a Disney cruise got some unexpected guests after the ship stopped to pick up suspected Cuban migrants in distress.

The Disney Wonder cruise ship was traveling from Miami to the Cayman Islands when the 12 suspected migrants were spotted around 8 p.m.Saturday, CNN reports.

They were brought on board after it was determined the "rustic" vessel the migrants were traveling in was unsafe.

The Disney Wonder cruise ship was built in 1999 and holds roughly 2,400 passengers. It features several pools, nightclubs, fine-dining areas and entertainment areas.

Cruise ships often work with the U.S. Coast Guard if they come into contact with distressed migrants. The migrants are generally taken on board and then handed over to authorities at the ship's next stop.

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VANCOUVER, CANADA - JUNE 3: Disney's Wonder cruise ship is dock at Canada Place on June 3, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver is a seaport city with close trading ties to Asia and is the most populous city in Western Canada, with nearly 2.3 million residents in the metropolitan area. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
The cruise ship Disney Wonder is anchored in San Pedro after returning from Mexico on March 27, 2011. Rebecca Coriam has been missing from the boat. (Photo by Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Tourists brave the chilly waters of Nassau Harbour as the Disney Wonder cruise ship (dark blue hull) rests in port in Nassau, Bahamas, Friday, Dec. 27, 2002. Former President Bush and his son, Gov. Jeb Bush, embarked Thursday on a three-night holiday cruise with family members aboard the ship. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
The Disney Wonder cruise ship is shown in Nassau Harbor in the Bahamas, Friday, Dec. 27, 2002. Former President Bush and his son, Gov. Jeb Bush, embarked Thursday on a three-night holiday cruise with family members. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
Cruise ship Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Line) at anchor sunset, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
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The Carnival Paradise made a similar rescue in January when it brought eight migrants on board from an un-seaworthy vessel.

The U.S.' current "wet foot, dry foot" policy allows almost all Cuban immigrants who successfully make the dangerous trip to legally stay in the U.S. If migrants are caught in the ocean, aka with wet feet, they're returned to Cuba or another county.

The migrants picked up by the Disney Wonder were handed over to authorities in the Cayman Islands.

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