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Old December 18th, 2011, 05:00 PM
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"Dramatic"... humm, maybe a stretch using that term. It was a good example of the well trained crew acting the way they have been instructed to respond.

I was please to hear the captain make timely announcements as we watched the rescue: why we were slowing down and going into a turn followed by what was happening as the 8 men were brought aboard. He referred to them as "8 gentlemen from the island south of us".

Fortunately for those on the small craft, we had relatively calms seas rather than those we had encountered earlier in the week.

As an aside: the Freedom continues to be an awesome ship with an equally fantastic crew. The entertainment on board was excellent. We enjoyed every minute of our B2B on her. She is clean, attractive, and welcoming. Kudos to the Freedom of the Seas
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Old December 18th, 2011, 07:02 PM
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They were Cubans, and were picked up by the ship's smaller rescue life boat. The Coast Guard showed up a couple of hours later and brought them aboard their cutter after they were given medical check ups, food, and clothing aboard the Freedom.

The storm was indeed wild looking. My very first close look at a water spout. All going on at the same time.
Quite the excitement!
It was quite the excitement and I missed most of it as I was in the casino then in my cabin filling out my gratuity envelopes and other "end of cruise" stuff. My DH and our friends said that the water spout was really something to see.
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Old December 18th, 2011, 07:40 PM
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Thank you. Your assumption is understandable but no, for the purposes of this law, our military vessels do not count as "dry foot." In fact, it's our USCG cutters that repatriot the migrants to Cuba.
Yes, thanks so much for the clarification! It's so helpful having you around to explain all this stuff!
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Old December 18th, 2011, 07:42 PM
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It was quite the excitement and I missed most of it as I was in the casino then in my cabin filling out my gratuity envelopes and other "end of cruise" stuff. My DH and our friends said that the water spout was really something to see.
Yes, we were up on outside deck 12 with the DH's high powered (and pain in the butt heavy to carry on ) binoculars. Were able to check out the whole goings on.
The staff from the spa came out to marvel at the
water spout. They had never seen a tornado or water spout and were really in awe.
They did not know what it was, and were asking me about it.
Was actually more interesting than "the rescue".
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Wow, I'm very interested to see the pictures. Were there any details about why they were out there???
They were comin' after some Honey Stung Chicken ... why else!?
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Here is a small pic of the little tiny vessel and the RCI rescue vehicle.
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The homemade looking boat with immigrants still on board.


FOS crew going out to rescue the people.


Another of FOS crew on the way to rescue.


And another.


Picture of the boat.


Shot of the TV showing our location at this time. As you see we are very close to Cuba.
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Great pics. I saw this float by the ship. all in all, great cruise.
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Another shot of the boat.


A storm was brewing at this time.


Sorry but at the time they transferred the people 2 at a time from immigrant boat to FOS rescue boat we switched over and were filming instead of taking photos. The camera is a 2 in 1 so could not do both at the same time. After the people were moved to FOS this is a pic of the crew marking their boat. Captain said on the speaker that this is per procedures for Coast Guard.


Another of crew marking the boat.


And another.


Shot of the immigrant boat.
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The boat.


Another boat shot.


And another.


And another.


U.S Coast Guard arrives.


Another shot of the USCG.
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Awesome, awesome pics. Wow, what an experience. Nothing exciting ever happens on our cruises. I'd be torn between choosing to watch the storm, or the rescue. Great job! Thanks for sharing them.
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How far did they think they were going to get in that contraption?

Nice to see the rescue though.
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Fantastic photos!
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Another of USCG. Once again, when the people were transferred from FOS to the USCG we were taping so I do not have any photos of the transfer. USCG used a fast little zodiac boat to ferry the people from FOS to their USCG Cutter.


Another of USCG.


And believe it or not, as all this was happening we witnessed a water spout off in the distance. What a lot of action on the sea that day!
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Thanks for the great photos! Well done!
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Another of USCG. Once again, when the people were transferred from FOS to the USCG we were taping so I do not have any photos of the transfer. USCG used a fast little zodiac boat to ferry the people from FOS to their USCG Cutter.


Another of USCG.


And believe it or not, as all this was happening we witnessed a water spout off in the distance. What a lot of action on the sea that day!
WOW! Great photos LovesDogs! We (Voyager) were docked with you (Freedom) on Wednesday in that nasty wind. We had a medical rescue the following night...but nothing as exciting as what you experienced. Thanks so much for sharing the photos.

That does look like a pretty unstable thing to try to sail very far in.
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so if they're being sent back to Cuba, i guess to have been picked up by a boat called the "Freedom" is somewhat ironic.

The taste of freedom but for a fleeting minute. (and what a taste it is on a luxury cruise ship)

Sad.
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so if they're being sent back to Cuba, i guess to have been picked up by a boat called the "Freedom" is somewhat ironic.

The taste of freedom but for a fleeting minute. (and what a taste it is on a luxury cruise ship)

Sad.
That truly is bitter irony and even sadder. Guess we can only hope those people don't suffer for their actions.
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Thank you everyone for the compliments on the photos - and you are very welcome. I have to give credit where credit is due. My son, knowing what a good photographer I am NOT actually took the pictures from our balcony. I will be sure and tell him that they are being enjoyed!

And yes, that boat (and I use that term loosely) did not look too seaworthy to me.

We enjoyed watching the rescue even though it ruined all the plans we had for that afternoon. We just couldnt tear ourselves away from the show going on right outside our balcony. Very good cruise though!
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Yes Loves_Dogs please add my thanks to your son as well. I sent this page to a friend who doesn't do cruisecruitic (imagine that) who was on this voyage. They were telling me about it when I picked them up at the port yesterday. Thanks again.
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