Cruise ship crew with coronavirus symptoms are brought to shore in Miami

More than a dozen crew members from two Costa cruise ships have been brought to shore in Miami, before being rushed onward to hospital to be tested for coronavirus. 

Startling footage filmed Thursday afternoon saw more than a dozen crew from the the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica jump into lifeboats in order to reach mainland United States. 

The crew members wore hazmat suits and were inspected by medics once they arrived on dry land, and several ambulances were on standby to escort them to hospital.   

A company spokesperson said the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica are carrying a combined total of 1939 crew, and there are at least 30 who have come down with a flu-like illness. 

More than a dozen crew members from two Costa cruise ships have been brought to shore in Miami, before being rushed onward to hospital to be tested for coronavirus

More than a dozen crew members from two Costa cruise ships have been brought to shore in Miami, before being rushed onward to hospital to be tested for coronavirus

The crew members wore hazmat suits and were inspected by medics once they arrived on dry land, and several ambulances were on standby to escort them to hospital

The crew members wore hazmat suits and were inspected by medics once they arrived on dry land, and several ambulances were on standby to escort them to hospital

A company spokesperson said the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica are carrying a combined total of 1939 crew, and there are at least 30 who have come down with a flu-like illness

A company spokesperson said the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica are carrying a combined total of 1939 crew, and there are at least 30 who have come down with a flu-like illness

The spokesperson said the boats would dock in Miami late Thursday, and that the rest of the crew would be able to disembark. 

It is unclear whether all 1939 crew members will be tested for COVID-19, or whether they will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.  

Both ships are based in Guadeloupe, a Caribbean island territory of France, but authorities have not allowed the boats to return there.  

In recent days, both cruise ships have been circling off the coast of Antilla, Cuba after also being blocked from docking there. 

The Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica both set off on 7 and 14 night Caribbean cruises earlier this month, according to the Miami Herald. 

Startling footage filmed Thursday afternoon saw more than a dozen crew from the the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica jump into lifeboats in order to reach mainland United States

Startling footage filmed Thursday afternoon saw more than a dozen crew from the the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica jump into lifeboats in order to reach mainland United States

The two cruise ships had been blocked from entering ports in the Caribbean

The two cruise ships had been blocked from entering ports in the

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