Coast Guard searches for Cuban migrants from capsized boat


MIAMI (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s searching for nearly two dozen Cuban migrants who were on board a makeshift vessel that capsized off the Florida Keys.

A Coast Guard news release says crews from an airplane and a cutter were searching for survivors Monday.

Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall says three migrants were found Monday on a smaller island near Big Pine Key. The men said they left Cuba last Tuesday with 23 people aboard the vessel, which capsized Wednesday evening. Woodall said they didn’t have many details on the vessel, but it apparently had a motor.

Three bodies were discovered Saturday 23 miles southeast of Islamorada following a report from a good Samaritan. Officials weren’t immediately sure if those bodies were connected to the capsized vessel.

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