US Coast Guard Ends Search For 10 Cubans In Sea Off Florida
Sumaira FH 14 days ago Mon 31st May 2021 | 02:10 AM
Earlier, eight migrants were rescued and two bodies were recovered.
The survivors said they had left the Cuban port of Mariel last Sunday, but that on Wednesday night, some 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Florida's Key West, 10 of their shipmates had disappeared, the Coast Guard said.
It said elements of the Coast Guard, the Navy and the Customs and Border Patrol agency had launched searches by sea and air over a wide area, but in vain.
Cubans, fleeing deteriorating economic conditions in their home country, have increasingly taken to the sea in flimsy vessels ill-suited for the 95-mile passage across the Florida Strait, and many do not make it to the United States.