An old fishing vessel landed off the coast of Singer Island with 18 Cuban migrants early Wednesday morning, authorities have confirmed.
The U.S. Border Patrol station in West Palm Beach was notified by the Riviera Beach Police department of a possible migrant landing between 1 and 2 a.m., said Frank Miller, agent in charge of the U.S. Border Patrol station in West Palm Beach.
When border patrol agents responded, they found the majority of the people still by the vessel, Miller said. Among those who arrived, there were 16 men and two women.
The vessel the migrants used was equipped with an old Russian car engine, and a makeshift rudder and sail, he added. Those who were taken into custody are now being interviewed by federal authorities.