Ten Cuban Migrants Rescued From Sinking Vessel Off Florida Coast

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) rescued ten Cuban migrants from a sinking vessel off the coast of Florida.

The USCG said on Feb. 6 that they spotted the vessel during an air patrol on Feb. 3, about 40 miles from Key Largo in the upper Florida Keys.

“They didn’t have lifejackets of safety equipment,” USCG Captain Shawn Koch, commanding officer of Air Station Miami, said.

“If the air crew hadn’t found them on the patrol, these people would not have survived the night,” Koch also said.

The USCG said that six of the migrants were repatriated on Feb. 5 aboard the Cutter William Trump while the other four were brought to the hospital for medical treatment.

The rescue came two weeks after a boat suspected to be used for human smuggling capsized off Florida’s coast from the Bahamas. Only one of the 40 passengers survived.


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