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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 10 Cuban migrants



Miami, Florida – According to the U.S. Coast Guard, ten Cuban migrants in a sinking vessel were rescued off the Florida coast.

On Thursday, a Coast Guard boat spotted the vessel about 40 miles (about 64 kilometers) off Key Largo, the Coast Guard said in a tweet.

“They didn’t have lifejackets or safety equipment,” said Capt. Shawn Koch, commanding officer of Air Station Miami. “If the aircrew hadn’t found them on the patrol, these people would not have survived the night.”

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, six migrants were repatriated to Cuba, and four others were evacuated to Florida for medical treatment.

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


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