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Discovery Cruise Ship Rescues Six People Stranded At Sea

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Six people are safe thanks to the quick thinking efforts of a Fort Lauderdale bound cruise ship.

Discovery Cruise Line reports that an aircraft reported a boat exploding and catching fire Monday night about 16 miles from Freeport, Grand Bahama. The Discovery Sun, which had been heading to Port Everglades, got to the scene within about 30 minutes.

Discovery Sun crew members used a lifeboat to retrieve the two women and four men out of the water. Officials say the rescued boaters were Jamaican, Haitian and Cuban.

Discovery Sun officials notified the U.S. Coast Guard, who sent a boat to pick up the six people.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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