6 Cuban migrants found off Boca Raton; 2 missing; USCG suspends its search

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 00:17:14-04

UPDATE: The United States Coast Guard has suspended its search for two migrants who were reported missing after six made their way to shore early Wednesday morning.


The search is underway for two missing Cuban migrants off the coast of Boca Raton.

This, after 6 migrants are rescued from the ocean early Wednesday morning.

The group was discovered during a routine patrol by the Coast Guard. 

The rescued migrants telling crews that two more in their group were missing. 

Coast guard members from Miami, Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale are assisting in the search. 

Meanwhile back on shore, the vessel that carried them here sat just a few miles from where they were rescued. 

“Our security guard from the building called us, let us know that there was a boat on the beach,” said on-looker Pablo Rodriguez.

Signs of the wear and tear of that harrowing journey scattered across the boat. 

The boat brought out a number of onlookers - including Alex Cleger. 

He also left Cuba - his parents legally bringing him to America when he was a boy. 

“From a young age, my folks [told] me all the hardship that they had to go through…those people are struggling over there.”

Grateful to be here, he says he can identify with the migrant's desire. 

“I got to give them credit for trying if they are that desperate,” Clever says. “They know that America is home of the free and the brave.”

We are told that because those migrants didn’t make it to shore, they will be processed by immigration and likely sent back to Cuba.

As for the missing migrants, the coast guard will re-evaluate the situation and decide if the search needs to continue Wednesday night into Thursday.  




The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 6 Cuban migrants from the water off Palm Beach County Wednesday morning and is looking for 2 more.

The Coast Guard says the Cutter Gannett found the group about 2 nautical miles east of Boca Raton while on patrol.

They said the two missing from the group reportedly disappeared at sunset Tuesday.

An abandoned home-made boat ended up on a beach in Boca Raton south of Camino Real. The Coast Guard has confirmed the 'rustic vessel' is connected to the migrant search and rescue.

The 6 rescued migrants are in good condition although some are being treated for signs of dehydration, the Coast Guard said.

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew, crews from Coast Guard Stations LakeWorth Inlet and Fort Lauderdale, the Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin and a Customs and Border Protection Office crew are searching for the missing migrants.

Just in the past 2 weeks the Coast Guard has repatriated 33 Cuban migrants in 4 separate interdictions at sea.
"Migrants aboard overloaded and unseaworthy vessels are putting their lives at extreme risk of injury and death. The Coast Guard with our partner agencies continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea," Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra, chief of response for the 7th Coast Guard District, said following those incidents.

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