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PORT CANAVERAL, FL (WFLX) - A cruise ship crew helps the Coast Guard rescue a group of people floating at sea who were apparently trying to get to the United States.

Passengers on Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas say it was a harrowing yet exhilarating experience watching the ships crew save these refugees lives.

Six people were found floating on the open ocean on a makeshift raft. "It looked like the raft was already starting to deteriorate," said a witness.

The ship spotted them east of Freeport; all of them desperate for help. "Please don't leave us!" they cried.

Cruise passengers watched the drama unfold. The rescue took some time; crews and passengers watched -- worried a wave would knock the raft over.

The six refugees from Cuba had been at sea for 15 days. The crew provided them with food, water and medical treatment.

Once the ship arrived at Port Canaveral Tuesday morning, the Coast Guard took the six into custody.

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