James Harrison, Steelers cruise ship help to rescue stranded rafters

It appears as though the Legends of Pittsburgh Cruise turned into an unexpected opportunity for the Steelers’ James Harrison, among others, to step into a hero role in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

The veteran linebacker was among those Steel City celebs on a four-day jaunt through Miami, Key West and Cozumel when the ship apparently spotted a homemade raft with 16 people aboard floating aimlessly in the middle of the body of water.

We just stopped for this boat with 16 people in the middle of the ocean. Waiting for coast guard now.

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Harrison took to Instagram to post photos, noting that the cruise ship stopped to help the stranded 16 while awaiting help from the Coast Guard.

16ppl, wild!!!

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Among the other Pittsbrugh legends on the boat: Rocky Bleier, Antonio Brown, Dermontti Dawso, Donnie Shell, former Pirate catcher Manny Sanguillen and ex-Penguins Ken Wregget, Bryan Troittier and Francois Leroux.

(Update via The Associated Press: Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said the Carnival Sensation found the 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.)