18 Cubans come ashore in Riviera Beach on homemade boat with 1950s Russian car engine

RIVIERA BEACH Fla. -- Eighteen people came ashore in Riviera Beach early this morning after traveling on a homemade boat from Cuba, Border Patrol confirms.

The migrants -- 16 men and two women -- landed on Singer Island around 1 a.m., according to Border Patrol. Law enforcement officials arrived at the scene around 2 a.m.

The individuals, all Cubans, were taken to a Riviera Beach immigration processing center.

Border Patrol officials said the homemade fishing boat was 21 feet long and used a Russian car engine from the 1950s. It was also equipped with a makeshift rudder and sail.

The migrants left Cuba last Friday and are all in good health, officials said.

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