Posted January 28 2005, 3:21 PM EST
KEY LARGO—Thirty-two Cuban migrants landed on a small island near this city at the top of the Florida Keys. All were in good health, officials said Friday.
The migrants said they arrived on the island late Thursday after leaving Cuba late Monday, Border Patrol spokesman Robert Montemayor said. In the group were 16 men, eight woman and eight children, he said.
Coast Guard officials picked up the Cubans and transferred them to Border Patrol custody, where they will be interviewed, Petty Officer Sandra Bartlett said.
Cuban migrants who reach U.S. soil are generally allowed to stay, while those stopped at sea are usually sent back to Cuba.
The group landed on the deserted island near the Ocean Reef community off Card Sound Road around 8:30 a.m. The Coast Guard began taking them off at 11 a.m..