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8 Cuban migrants rescued; 5 unaccounted for

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MIAMI (AP) – Eight suspected Cuban migrants have been rescued and five more remain unaccounted for in the waters off Miami.

The U.S. Coast Guard received reports of an overturned raft in Biscayne Bay Monday at about 10 a.m.

Three people were rescued by a good Samaritan boater. Authorities reported rescuing five others by noon.

Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss said the Coast Guard is actively searching for five additional migrants believed to be in the water.

Two of the rescued migrants were transported to Mount Sinai Medical Center. Their conditions were not immediately known.

There has been a surge over the last year in the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. by sea. More than 3,700 Cubans have been intercepted or made it to shore, a 75 percent increase.

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