Florida Keys

Coast Guard stops boat off Key Largo, sends 5 Cuban would-be migrants back to Cuba

An Islamorada-based U.S. Coast Guard crew stopped a makeshift boat off the Upper Florida Keys Friday afternoon and discovered five migrants from Cuba on board.

The sailboat was spotted by a Coast Guard plane from Air Station Miami. It was about 38 miles south of Key Largo, according to a Coast Guard Station Islamorada Facebook post.

All the occupants of the boat were men, BOSN Scott Goss said.

They were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. and will be taken back to Cuba.

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Before joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.