33 migrants rescued off Boca Raton

Author: Associated Press
MGN Online

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) – Thirty-three suspected migrants have been rescued off the coast of Florida after their vessel began taking on water.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports they were found Wednesday morning seven miles east of Boca Raton. A Coast Guard aircraft was searching for two men who remain missing from a raft carrying 13 migrants found Monday when the vessel was spotted.

Officials said the migrants jumped into the water and all are believed to be accounted for.

Officials had no immediate information on where the migrants were from or where they will be taken.

There’s been a significant increase in the number of Cubans attempting to reach the U.S. by sea. At least 3,722 were intercepted at sea or made it to shore in the last fiscal year, a 75 percent increase.

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