Twelve illegal Cuban migrants were caught by authorities Friday after reaching an island in the Dry Tortugas, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Posted November 4 2005, 7:22 PM EST
MIAMI—The group was spotted by park rangers on the island. The migrants said that their homemade 14-foot vessel sank between 200 yards to one mile off the island, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil said.
The migrants told the Coast Guard that they traveled from Cuba and that there were two people from their group that were missing. Authorities searched for the two people, but did not locate them, O’Neil said.
Cuban migrants are usually handed over to Border Patrol for processing.
“They are going to be transported to our offices and processed like all illlegal aliens arrriving,” said Steve McDonald, spokesman for border patrol.
Under the U.S. wet-foot, dry-foot policy, Cubans who are intercepted at sea are usually returned, while those who reach land are generally allowed to stay.