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2 Dead and Up to 10 Missing After Boat Carrying Cuban Migrants Overturns

2 Dead and Up to 10 Missing After Boat Carrying Cuban Migrants Overturns
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2 Dead and Up to 10 Missing After Boat Carrying Cuban Migrants Overturns

(*10*) Dead and Up to 10 Missing After Boat Carrying Cuban Migrants Overturns

KEY WEST, Fla. — Two individuals have been killed and as many as 10 others have been lacking on Thursday when a ship carrying Cuban migrants overturned off Key West, Fla., in accordance to the authorities, who mentioned that eight of the vessel’s passengers had been rescued from the water.

A Coast Guard cutter had been patrolling within the space, about 18 miles southwest of Key West, when it encountered the boat’s passengers within the water round 1 p.m., Petty Officer Jose Hernandez, a Coast Guard spokesman, mentioned in an interview on Thursday night time.

It was not instantly clear what sort of boat was concerned.

“There was no vessel. The individuals have been discovered within the water,” Petty Officer Hernandez mentioned. “That’s why we don’t have any of the nationalities or something like that.”

Sheriff Rick Ramsay of Monroe County mentioned in a textual content message on Thursday night time that 20 Cubans have been initially on board the boat that sank. He mentioned that info was nonetheless restricted and that detectives responded to help with the investigation.

The Coast Guard mentioned {that a} seek for survivors was persevering with Thursday night and that it was nonetheless gathering particulars, together with what had brought on the vessel to overturn.

“We’re looking for 10 doable individuals nonetheless within the water,” Petty Officer Hernandez mentioned.

Two cutters and a number of smaller boats from the Coast Guard’s Key West Station have been a part of the search effort, in addition to a Navy plane, officers mentioned.

At simply 90 miles from Cuba, the Florida Keys has been a frequent passageway for Cubans making an attempt to make it to the US.(*(*10*)*) However Coast Guard officers have warned in regards to the perils of constructing the journey.

In a separate episode on Saturday, somebody referred to as the authorities to alert them to practically a dozen individuals aboard a raft off Marathon, about an hour north of Key West. When the Coast Guard reached the vessel, they discovered one of many Cubans aboard was already lifeless. His son advised officers that the raft had flipped over initially of the journey, and they misplaced their meals, water and remedy.

“The hazards of touring via the Florida Straits can’t be overstated,” Chief Warrant Officer Matt James, commanding officer, Station Islamorada, mentioned in an announcement earlier this week. “Our ideas and prayers exit to the household and pals of the person who died on account of shedding vital drugs for a reported pre-existing situation through the capsizing.”

The U.S. Coast Guard has captured practically 300 Cubans at sea because the begin of the fiscal yr in October, the company mentioned. Final fiscal yr, simply 49 Cubans have been caught making an attempt to migrate to the US.

The variety of Cubans surged through the Obama administration. Within the final yr of Mr. Obama’s presidency, 5,396 Cubans have been interdicted.

On Monday, 21 Cubans interdicted have been despatched again to Cuba by the Coast Guard. Earlier(*(*10*)*) Thursday, eight Cubans have been repatriated after being noticed aboard a country inexperienced raft.

“Migrant interdiction patrols assist save lives by deterring harmful unlawful migrant exercise and eradicating migrants from harmful environments,” Capt. Michael Gesele, Coast Guard District Seven chief of enforcement, mentioned in an announcement Thursday referring to the sooner episode.

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