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Cruise ship hosting athletes saves 16 migrants

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Feb 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-27 15:50:01-05

MIAMI -- A Carnival Cruise Line ship that is hosting a tour centered on Pittsburgh sports has rescued 16 migrants in the Gulf of Mexico.

Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said the Carnival Sensation found the 15 men and one woman Saturday about 50 miles north of Cuba and brought them aboard.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said they would be turned over to Mexican immigration officials at the ship's next stop, Cozumel.

The rescue got wide notice when former Pittsburgh Steelers player James Harrison posted rescue photos online.  The cruise started Thursday in Miami. Other former Pittsburgh athletes whom organizers said would be on the cruise include Steeler Rocky Bleier, Pirate Manny Sanguillen and Penguin Bryan Trottier.

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