Miami, Dec 21 After 48 hours of tracking by air and sea, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) suspended the search for nine Cubans who drowned last weekend off the southeast coast of Florida this Wednesday , while two others were trying to trace the missing people. in the south of the state.
“USCG suspends search pending new information on 9 missing in Lake Worth Beach. Teams have logged 2,485 miles (3,999 km). Our condolences to those lost at sea,” the federal agency said on Twitter. “
Coast Guard teams had been searching since Monday for nine Cubans who shipwrecked off Lake Worth, a city on Florida’s southeast coast about 100 kilometers north of the city of Miami.
The US agency reported that on Sunday local time (20:30 GMT), a Cuban whose boat capsized in the area in Palm Beach County began a search after one of his boats was rescued.
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.
On the other hand, USCG soldiers are searching this Wednesday for two migrants, possibly Cubans, who disappeared after their boat capsized with about twenty people in the waters of the Florida Keys.
The boat capsized on Tuesday about 40 miles (64 km) south of Boot Key, according to data provided by the federal agency.
The USCG rescued 19 people from the water following the drowning, four of whom were transferred to federal Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
According to local Channel 10, reports received by the Coast Guard indicate that 21 people, possibly of Cuban nationality, were traveling on the boat.
Boot Key is an island located in the central part of the Florida Keys and is within the city limits of Marathon.
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.
Since October 1, 2022, Coast Guard vessels have intercepted 3,450 Cubans as they tried to reach the southern United States, more than 50% of the total of 6,182 migrants apprehended in the last fiscal year, up from the previous 30. September ended.