10 Cuban migrants rescued from shipwreck off Florida | Radio WGN 720

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This image made available by the U.S. Coast Guard shows Cuban migrants on a sinking ship spotted Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, about 40 miles off Key Largo, Florida. “They had no life jackets or safety equipment,” said Capt Shawn Koch, commanding officer of Air Station Miami. “If the crew had not found them during the patrol, these people would not have survived the night.” The migrants were repatriated to Cuba, the Coast Guard said. (US Coast Guard via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Ten Cuban migrants in a sinking ship have been rescued off the coast of Florida, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard boat spotted the vessel Thursday about 40 miles (about 64 kilometers) off Key Largo, the Coast Guard said in a tweet.

“They had no life jackets or safety equipment,” said Capt. Shawn Koch, commanding officer of Air Station Miami. “If the crew had not found them during the patrol, these people would not have survived the night.”

Six migrants were repatriated to Cuba and four others were evacuated to Florida for medical treatment, the Coast Guard said.

The rescue came two weeks after a boat suspected of being used for human trafficking capsized off the coast of Florida from the Bahamas. Only one of the 40 passengers survived.

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