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6 Cubans in sinking boat are rescued

After their boat takes on water and its motor fails near Key Biscayne, a passing boat brings them ashore.

By Associated Press
Published September 1, 2004

KEY BISCAYNE - Six Cuban migrants landed on a beach Tuesday, four days after leaving their homeland in a small motorboat.

Three men, two women and a 3-year-old boy were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents for processing after they came ashore at Crandon Park. Most Cuban migrants who reach U.S. soil are allowed to stay, while those caught at sea usually are returned to the island.

The migrants said they were from Yaguajay Santi Spiritus, a small town on the north coast of Cuba. They said they left Saturday and experienced calm seas during the entire trip.

They said they were within sight of the lights of Key Biscayne near Miami before dawn Tuesday, but they started taking on water and their motor failed. At daylight, they waved down a passing boat, which brought them to shore.

Border Patrol spokesman Robert Montemayor said they all appeared to be in good health and would be sent to the Krome detention center after the processing was complete.

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