When Pittsburgh sports fans signed up to mingle on a cruise amongst the likes of Antonio Brown, Rocky Bleir, Louis Lipps and James Harrison, they got to choose from activities such as working out with Deebo and dinner with Antwaan Randle El. What was not on the itinerary was getting to witness the rescue of 16 Cuban migrants from a vessel in distress approximately 50 miles off the northern coast of Cuba. But on Saturday, they realized that extra bonus.
The Carnival Cruise Line featuring past and present Steelers, former Penguins and Pirates and entertainers associated with Pittsburgh was scheduled to arrive in Cozumel, Mexico at 1 pm but stopped to rescue the boat containing 15 men and one woman adrift off course in the Gulf of Mexico.
While no sports heroes were permitted to assist in the rescue, James Harrison, a frequent and entertaining contributor to social media, documented the rescue on Intsagram and Twitter. Harrison posted photos of the raft and tweeted "16 ppl, wild!!!" and "We just stopped for this boat with 16 people in the middle of the ocean. Waiting for Coast Guard...".
The Coast Guard and authorities from the United States and Mexico were notified and were set to kick off an investigation. The events leading up to the raft needing rescued remain unclear, but the "Legends" voyage resumed its' course.
The Carnival Sensation left Miami on Thursday for stops in Key West and Cozumel before heading back to Miami on Monday. For Deebo, AB and Rocky, this unscheduled stop may prove to be the highlight of the trip.