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Two Cuban fishermen rescued in the Keys after being adrift for three days

U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two Cuban fishermen Thursday after they had been adrift for three days without food or water.
U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two Cuban fishermen Thursday after they had been adrift for three days without food or water.

Two Cuban fishermen who had been adrift for three days without food or water were rescued Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard.

According to the Coast Guard, the Cuban Border Guard asked for help at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after a 22-foot sport fishing boat named Ana Marta with two people on board never returned to Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba.

At about 10 a.m. Thursday, the Coast Guard Station Islamorada received a Mayday call from a disabled boat south of Grassy Key that matched the description of the missing fishing boat, the Coast Guard said.

The two men were rescued from the boat, transferred to the U.S. Border Patrol and taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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