Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships
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The Zaandam cruise ship, left, carrying some guests with flu-like symptoms, is anchored shortly after it arrived to the bay of Panama City, Friday, March 27, 2020, amid the worldwide spread of the new coronavirus. Health authorities are expected to board the ship to test passengers and decide whether it can cross the Panama Canal. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
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Posted at 3:42 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated2020-03-31 15:42:10-04
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it's working with Holland America on a detailed docking plan that would require two ships carrying passengers and crew from an ill-fated cruise to handle all medical issues without impacting South Florida's already-stressed hospitals.
Coast Guard Capt. Jo-Ann Burdian told the Broward County Commission that if a unified command of state, local and federal officials can't unanimously agree on what to do with the people on the Zaandam and Rotterdam ships now headed to Florida, then they'll punt the decision to Washington.
Passengers are pleading with Florida officials to let them disembark despite a coronavirus outbreak on board.
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