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Cuban death toll in Florida Keys shipwreck rises to 10

Miami, Nov 22 (PTI) The number of Cubans killed as a result of a shipwreck in the Florida Keys, in the extreme southeast of the United States, rose to 10, the US Coast Guard announced Tuesday. Rescue operations in the area have been stopped. ,

Information gathered by the Miami Herald newspaper indicated that the agency called off the search for survivors and bodies last Saturday after a boat capsized 50 miles (80 kilometers) off Little Torch Key in the Florida Keys. , an archipelago of about 1,700 small islands.

Search efforts over the past weekend found the initial location of the bodies of 4 migrants after a boat capsized in that area of ​​South Florida.

The agency detailed that the crew of the US Coast Guard’s Pablo Valente later rescued nine people during the search and found another body on Saturday.

US Coast Guard teams found five more bodies between Sunday and Monday.

A person was rescued from the sea on Saturday, the agency said, prompting an alert to the Coast Guard region of Key West, the last island of the Florida Keys, about 150 kilometers off the north coast of Cuba.

The rescued man told authorities that he had left Jamanitas Beach, Havana (Cuba) on November 13 with a large group of people in a boat that capsized, leaving him the only survivor.

This castaway was picked up by another group of 18 Cubans, some of whom were wearing life jackets, but that other boat also sank.

The crew of Pablo Valiant Coast Guard managed to rescue nine people during the search operation.

Richard Armstrong, deputy commanding officer of the Coast Guard’s Key West Sector, said these trips are very dangerous because the people who go on these risky trips rarely wear safety equipment.

Since last October 1, when this fiscal year began, the Coast Guard has intercepted 395 Haitian immigrants and some 5,392 Cubans at sea.

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