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Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Rescues Three Fugitives Near Cuba

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Disney Cruise Line | Donald Wood | April 26, 2016

Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Rescues Three Fugitives Near Cuba

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The Walt Disney Co. cruise ship, Disney Fantasy, was part of an open-sea rescue of three fugitives off the coast of Cuba last Thursday.

According to The Associated Press, United States Marshall Amos Rojas Jr. announced that the Disney Fantasy cruise ship discovered the three fugitives when employees onboard saw them clinging to capsized boat.

Rojas revealed that the three fugitives—26-year-old Luis Rivera-Garcia, 23-year-old Juliet Estrada-Perez and 23-year-old Enrique Gonzalez-Torres—were wanted in New Orleans after they violated their supervised release on federal credit card fraud charges.

The three fugitives were turned over to authorities in Florida.

The Associated Press is reporting that the three fugitives were Cuban nationals that lived in the United States. Authorities claim they were likely trying to sail back to Cuba in order to avoid prosecution.

In addition to the federal credit card fraud charges, each fugitive has now been charged with an additional count of violating the supervised release agreement.

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