LB James Harrison documents cruise ship rescue of 16 migrants

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.

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

The rescue got wide notice when Pittsburgh Steelers veteran linebacker James Harrison posted rescue photos online.

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!!!

A photo posted by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on

The cruise started Thursday in Miami. Other former Pittsburgh athletes who organizers said would be on the cruise include Steeler Rocky Bleier, Pirate Manny Sanguillen and Penguin Bryan Trottier.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.