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Coast Guard halts search for lost Cuban migrants

When the Coast Guard found six migrants off the Boca Raton coast Wednesday morning, the Cubans said two of their fellow migrants had been missing since sunset on Tuesday.
When the Coast Guard found six migrants off the Boca Raton coast Wednesday morning, the Cubans said two of their fellow migrants had been missing since sunset on Tuesday. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard has stopped searching for two Cuban migrants lost at sea.

When the searchers found six migrants off the Boca Raton coast Wednesday morning, the Cubans said two of their fellow migrants had been missing since sunset on Tuesday.

It’s unclear if they were in a boat or in the water, but later that day, after searching more 1,500 square miles, the Coast Guard called off the search.

“Anytime the Coast Guard is told there’s someone in the water they take it very seriously,” said Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally. “We took them at their word.”

Five of the six migrants aboard the 2 Amigos boat were wearing life jackets when they were found. Lally called life jackets “the difference between life and death.”

Although these migrants had “wet feet” and didn’t make it ashore, more than 100 Cubans arrived in South Florida just last week.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc

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