As the Disney Fantasy Cruise ship that bore 53 Trinidadian citizens refueled off the North Coast on Friday, Express Photographer Jermaine Cruickshank led a team to attempt to capture the ship's proximity to the island.

Citizens aboard the ship told the Express that they were desperate to return but as of Friday morning, no word from the Government was given. "So close to home yet so far away. Twelve miles off the north coast of Trinidad to be exact," said one citizen.

As the team embarked from the Chaguaramas coast to film the ship as it lingered 12 miles to the North of the island, the sea was noted to be in rough conditions. After spending some time enduring choppy waves, the team was forced to return to shore without having sighted the ship.

Hours later, as the vessel departed carrying stranded citizens with it, the Ministry of National Security announced intentions to repatriate 59 citizens stranded on cruise ships, including those aboard the Disney ship.

A statement released also indicated that the Ministry was in discussions to repatriate 300 citizens currently stranded on Cruise ships around the world.

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