Cubans' 16-Day Raft Journey Ends Off Palm Beach County Coast, Coast Guard Says

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Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet crew five male Cubans
A raft with five people aboard drifting, Feb. 20, 2021, approximately 2 miles southeast of Lake Worth Inlet. A Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet crew embarked the five male Cubans and transferred them to the cutter Raymond Evans crew. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Five Cubans made it from their native country to two miles southeast of Palm Beach Inlet before the U.S. Coast Guard ended their journey Saturday, the agency said.

The Coast Guard said as the migrants were being picked up by a Coast Guard Lake Worth Inlet crew, they mentioned they had been at sea for 16 days.

A good Samaritan had spotted them and reported them to a Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstander. After the Lake Worth Inlet boat picked them up and transferred them to the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans, they received food, water, medical attention and a ride back to Cuba.

The Coast Guard says more than 100 Cuban migrants have been intercepted on the Florida straits in 2021.

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