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Search continues for nine Cubans who wrecked ship off Florida coast

Miami, December 20 The United States Coast Guard continued its search for nine Cubans off the southeast coast of Florida this Tuesday, while repatriating 38 migrants of the same nationality and 110 Haitians, all detained at sea under various restrictions. were taken in

“This year we unnecessarily lost 13 lives at sea as people attempted to migrate aboard unsafe and overcrowded vessels,” Capt. Robert Kinsey of the 7th Coast Guard District said in a statement.

“Today, our crews are searching for nine more people who recklessly went overboard. It is heartbreaking to know that families will sit down to vacation without their lost loved ones. Encourage to choose the legal route Persistence.

Coast Guard teams have been searching since Monday for nine Cubans who were shipwrecked off Lake Worth, a city on Florida’s southeast coast about 100 kilometers north of downtown Miami.

The US agency said through its Twitter account that a Cuban boat capsized in the area at about 3:30 local time (20:30 GMT) on Sunday in Palm Beach County. The search began after a boat rescue.

The man told members of the Coast Guard that he had left the Caribbean island on December 10 with nine compatriots and that the ship capsized on Sunday morning.

The search for the migrants comes at a time when Cuban arrivals have skyrocketed on the Florida coast, with the visits sometimes ending in tragedy.

A total of 165 migrants of this nationality were detained after arriving in the Florida Keys in the extreme southeast of the United States last Friday.

The day before, 117 Cubans were taken into custody after several boats made landfall west of Key West.

The federal agency reported that this Tuesday, 38 Cubans were repatriated aboard the Coast Guard ship “Richard Etheridge” and 110 Haitians aboard the “Mohawk.”

According to data provided by the same agency, since October 1, 2022, the agency’s ships have intercepted 3,450 Cubans when they tried to reach the southern United States, a total of 6,182 migrants caught in the previous fiscal year. over 50% from the year ended Sept. 30.

In the case of Haitians, the agency has reported 869 detainees at sea since last October 1, while 7,175 were held during the entire fiscal year 2022.

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