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​Cruise ship hosting Pittsburgh athletes rescues 16 migrants

Authorities said 16 people were rescued by a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

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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.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers player James Harrison posted rescue photos online, CBS Pittsburgh affiliate KDKA reported.

We just stopped for this boat with 16 people in the middle of the ocean. Waiting for coast guard now.

A photo posted by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on

16ppl, wild!!!

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

The "Legends of Pittsburgh" 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.