Steelers' Harrison on board cruise that stops to help people stranded in Gulf of Mexico

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison took to social media Saturday when the cruise ship he and other Pittsburgh athletes are scheduled to be on stopped to help rescue people stranded on a raft in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We just stopped for this boat with 16 people in the middle of the ocean. Waiting for coast guard now,” Harrison said in one post.

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Carnival Cruise Line spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said the Carnival Sensation found the migrants, 15 men and one woman, 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.

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TMZ reported that Harrison is on board the Legends of Pittsburgh Cruise.

According to the cruise’s website, the ship set sail Thursday and is to have guests including current and former Steelers Harrison, Antonio Brown and Rocky Bleier, as well as former Pirates player Manny Sanguillen and several former Penguins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.