Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Search underway for two migrants off Florida Keys after boat capsizes

Miami, Dec 21: Agents of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are on Wednesday searching for two expatriates, possibly Cubans, who disappeared after their boat capsized in the waters off the Florida Keys with about 20 people on board. The search is on for the other nine who were last drowned. The year. weekend.

Coast Guard crews are searching for two people after a boat capsized on Tuesday about 40 miles (64 km) south of Boot Key, the federal agency said via its Twitter account today.

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, according to reports received by the Coast Guard, there were 21 people traveling on the boat, possibly of Cuban nationality.

Boot Key is an island located in the central part of the Florida Keys and is within the city limits of Marathon.

On the other hand, the Coast Guard has been searching since Monday for the nine Cubans who were shipwrecked off Lake Worth, a city on Florida’s southeast coast, about 100 kilometers north of the city of Miami.

“Surface assets will continue to search overnight” for the nine Cubans, the USCG said late Tuesday.

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.

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.

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