Key Biscayne

13 Cuban immigrants intercepted off Key Biscayne

Miami Herald Staff

A raft that was carrying 13 Cuban migrants washes ashore on Key Biscayne.
A raft that was carrying 13 Cuban migrants washes ashore on Key Biscayne. Courtesy of Sam Gregorio

Thirteen Cuban migrants were intercepted just a few hundred yards off the shore of Key Biscayne on Wednesday night, authorities said.

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boat first caught up with the raft, which was located a few miles south of Elliot Key. Twelve people in the group were turned over to the Coast Guard, according to agency spokesman Mark Barney.

The group was in good health, save for one, a 24-year-old man who complained about chest pain and was transported to a Miami hospital. Since he technically reached dry land, the man will likely be allowed to stay in the country under U.S.-Cuba immigration policy.

The rest who never made it to soil will be repatriated to the island nation.

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