Coast Guard rescues 10 migrants from sinking vessel off Florida

MIAMI — Ten Cuban migrants in a sinking vessel have been rescued off the Florida coast, in accordance with the Coast Guard.

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

“They didn’t have lifejackets or security tools,” mentioned Capt. Shawn Koch, commanding officer of Air Station Miami. “If the air crew hadn’t discovered them on the patrol, these folks wouldn’t have survived the evening.”

Six migrants have been repatriated to Cuba, and 4 others have been evacuated to Florida for medical therapy, the Coast Guard mentioned.

The rescue got here two weeks after a ship believed for use for human smuggling capsized off Florida’s coast en route from the Bahamas. Solely one of many 40 passengers survived.