Six folks have been repatriated to Cuba and 4 others have been transported to Florida for medical remedy after the Coast Guard rescued them off a sinking boat about 40 miles from Key Largo.
A photograph launched by the Coast Guard reveals the migrants in a vessel that had taken on water.
“They didn’t have lifejackets or safety equipment,” Capt. Shawn Koch, commanding officer at Air Station Miami, stated in an announcement on Saturday.
“If the air crew hadn’t found them on the patrol, these people would not have survived the night.”
COAST GUARD CONDUCTS ‘MASS RESCUE’ OF STRANDED SNOWMOBILERS AFTER ICE BREAKS ON LAKE ERIE
The Coast Guard repatriated 119 people to Cuba on Jan. 3 after stopping them on a number of vessels within the south Florida Straits.
The variety of Cubans making an attempt to enter the U.S. plummeted throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with simply 49 Cuban migrants stopped in fiscal yr 2020. That quantity shot again up final yr although as 838 Cuban migrants have been stopped by the Coast Guard in fiscal yr 2021.
Two weeks in the past, the Coast Guard rescued one man from a ship that had capsized within the Gulf Stream after setting out for Florida from Bimini, an island within the Bahamas.
The lone survivor advised investigators that 39 different folks have been initially on board the vessel. The Coast Guard referred to as off the search days later after discovering 5 our bodies.
The Related Press contributed to this report.